The Duchess of Cornwall has marked this year’s Remembrance Day 2021 by visiting The Poppy Factory ahead of attendance at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey yesterday,
Camilla is Patron of The Poppy Factory.
Earlier this week, HRH met members of the production team at The Poppy Factory in Richmond, who have been working year-round to create wreaths for Remembrance Day.
The Duchess also met supporters of the factory, those who have been involved in funding the refurbishments, as well as the veterans who have benefited from the charity’s employment service, which supports ex-forces communities.
During the visit, Camilla put the finishing touches to The Prince of Wales’s wreath. Charles will lay the wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday this weekend.
At the end of the visit and to mark The Poppy Factory’s century next year, Camilla unveiled a stone plaque to commemorate the opening of the building. During the unveiling, she said: “I think you do a fantastic job between you and it is just so important that we look after the veterans after the service they give this country.”
Speaking about the royal visit, Deirdre Mills, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, said: “It is a tremendous honour to welcome our Patron, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, twice in one week; firstly to Richmond and secondly to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.
“We are proud of our charity’s continued role in Remembrance, in our work at the factory and in organising and planting the Field. We are similarly proud of our building redevelopment work, which has delivered a modern, inclusive and inspirational space.
“Our new visitor centre will also draw thousands of visitors to The Poppy Factory each year, helping us connect with new supporters who share our vision of a positive future for all who have served in the Armed Forces.”
The Duchess of Cornwall attended today’s service at the Field of Remembrance, where she was greeted by the Dean of Westminster Abbey, David Hoyle, and met the President of The Poppy Factory, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis.
Camilla stood in front of the crosses from the Graves of Unknown, where she laid a Cross of Remembrance.
After the two-minutes’ silence took place, she also visited memorial plots for regimental and other associations, and took the time to meet veterans and representatives from the Armed Forces.
The Duchess wore her Rifles brooch, gifted to her last year, when she took over the colonelship from her father-in-law, Prince Philip.
After the service, Camilla visited the Grave of the Unknown Warrior inside Westminster Abbey, where she laid flowers in remembrance. It was a tradition started by the Duke of Edinburgh that the Royal is continuing.
Inside Westminster Abbey, The Duchess lays flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
Laying flowers here on #ArmisticeDay follows a tradition set by The Duke of Edinburgh, who would pay tribute at this memorial on occasions when the Field of Remembrance fell on 11th November. pic.twitter.com/5pI780raUi
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) November 11, 2021