Kate Middleton And Prince William Sport Poppy Pins At Festival Of Remembrance


Kate Middleton And Prince William Sport Poppy Pins At Festival Of Remembrance

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are taking part in the annual tradition of honoring fallen British soldiers on Remembrance Sunday.

The 40-year-old Prince and Princess of Wales joined the royal family for the annual musical tribute to British and Commonwealth war dead at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

King Charles and Queen Camilla also attended the memorial. Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence; The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

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Men wear suits and women wear black. Each adorned his outfit with a red poppy, a symbol used since 1921 to commemorate soldiers who died in war.

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The poppy symbol is believed to have originated from John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”, a poem about World War I, which reads in part:

The tulips in the fields of Flanders are sick
Between crosses, lines,
that marks our country; and in the sky
The Largans, still singing bravely, flew away
He could barely hear himself over the gunfire below.

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In the UK, the Royal British Legion sells pins to raise money for veterans.

Kate shared a special moment with 3-year-old Akeem during a visit to Colham Manor Children’s Center earlier this week. After Akeem showed interest in her poppy brooch, the Princess of Wales took it out of her jacket and gave it to him, revealing her reason for wearing the accessory.

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“Do you know why?” he asked. “This is to remember all the soldiers who died in the war, this is, this is for you.”

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On Sunday, the royal family will gather again for the National Service of Remembrance, also known as Remembrance Sunday, at the London War Memorial.

This year will mark the first Remembrance Week since the death of Queen Elizabeth and the accession of King Charles. According to a document published by the National Records of Scotland, the historic queen died on September 8 at the age of 96.

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