Her Majesty’s touching tribute: Queen leads Armistice commemorations wearing FIVE poppies – while the Duchess of Cambridge sports a display of four symbolic flowers
- Her Majesty joined other royals to pay tribute to the fallen at the Cenotapy
- Wore five poppies fastened to her dark coat with a glittering diamond brooch
- It’s believed Her Majesty wears five to represent each branch of the services
- The Duchess of Cambridge wore three paper poppies and one brooch
The Queen led commemorations marking 100 years since the end of the First World War this morning at the Cenotaph, and made sure her own personal tribute was loud and clear, by wearing five poppies.
Her Majesty joined other royals to pay tribute to the fallen, wearing a cluster of five poppies pinned to her black coat with a sparkling diamond brooch.
One theory is that she wears one poppy for each branch of the services: Navy, Army and Air Force, plus one each to represent Civil Defence and women.
The Duchess of Cambridge also made sure her own display stood out, wearing three paper poppies and one ceramic brooch pinned to her military style coat.
Kate proudly wore The Royal British Legion’s Women of The First World War Brooch, which honours women who served and lost their lives as a direct result of the First World War.
The Queen wore five poppies to the Cenotaph this morning, fastened with a diamond brooch. It’s believed she wears multiple flowers to represent each branch of the services: Navy, Army and Air Force, plus one each to represent Civil Defence and women
The Duchess of Cambridge wore three paper poppies and a brooch to today’s National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, swapping her display to her left breast in accordance with tradition
The Duchess of Cornwall, 70, sported a display of three poppies, which she wore pinned to her coat with a silver brooch
She had switched her display to her left breast, in accordance with tradition, after wearing them on the right at last night’s Festival of Remembrance to be close to the heart.
The Queen, 92, asked Prince Charles to once again take on her duties by laying a wreath at the Cenotaph.
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She observed the service from a nearby balcony alongside the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Camilla, 70, also went for a display of multiple poppies, wearing three paper flowers pinned to her black coat.
Queen Elizabeth II attends the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall last night, complete with a cluster of five poppies
Meghan arrives at the event (left), as does The Duchess of Cambridge (right), who limited herself to three paper poppies fastened in place by her brooch, wearing her poppies on her right breast instead of the traditional left, to be close to the heart
Other senior royals including Prince William, Prince Harry and Anne, the Princess Royal also paid their respects at the Cenotaph as they laid a series of wreaths.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex watched the poignant proceedings at the Cenotaph for the first time in an official capacity from a separate balcony.
Last night, the royals were out in force for the annual Festival of Remembrance in London, which commemorates the war dead, included performances from Sir Tom Jones, Sir Bryn Terfel and Sheridan Smith and was presented by the BBC’s Huw Edwards.
The Royal Family stood as thousands of audience members attending the event held aloft photographs of family members who took part in the First World War.
The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and the Duchess of Sussex (right) stood alongside the Queen to watch the ceremony at the Cenotaph, as their husbands placed wreaths
The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she joins the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall on a balcony overlooking the ceremony
The Prince of Wales led the rest of the nation in honouring the country’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday, taking the role historically held by his mother Queen Elizabeth for the second year in a row
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