Every year on the second Sunday in November, senior members of the royal family gather to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in war. Today, the royal family continued the tradition for Remembrance Day 2019.
The commemorations for Remembrance Day started earlier in the week. The royal family was joined ahead of Remembrance day by cabinet ministers, religious leaders, representatives of Commonwealth nations, and members of the armed forces to honor the armed force’s community at Saturday’s Remembrance Festival.
The Duchess was joined by the Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne’s husband, on the balcony.
Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stood together on the balcony. The Queen traditionally wears five poppies on her black coat during the service. It’s thought that her collection of small red flowers represents each of the services: Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Defence, with the fifth representing women
Remembrance Sunday 2019
In short: Remembrance Sunday is the culmination point of a four-day period where the royal family and the public come together to honor those who have died in conflict since World War I.
Remembrance Day marks the day of the armistice ending the First World War on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. First, a two-minute silence is held at 11 a.m. to remember those who died in battle and is observed throughout the Commonwealth.
Prince Charles has been laying the Queen’s wreath at The Cenotaph since 2017 beside how own. Prince William, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward follow as the only other senior royals to lay wreaths at the monument. The momentum bears the inscription “The Glorious Dead.”
The event sees more than 100,000 small wooden crosses laid outside the historic Abbey every year. Each one is carrying a personal message in honor of a fallen service person.
Harry wore the black frock coat of his old army regiment, the Blues and Royals.
“The Royal Family is showing gratitude for the loss of life basically occurring in their name – certainly in the name of the Sovereign as the head of state.” notes Clouting, who is referencing the British military oath to “faithfully defend Her Majesty.”
She adds, “Remembrance is very, very personal for them.”
Her Majesty appeared to shed a tear.
To join the Royal Family for Remembrance Day 2019 the Duchess wore
A black belted Stella McCartney coat from the Autumn/Winter 2019 Collection
She styled it with the ‘Nina’ hat by Stephen Jones.
And off course, she was wearing a poppy