Friday, 7 November 2014

Harry, in the footsteps of the Queen Mother

For many years, it was an event synonymous with his great grandmother but now the duty and the honour falls to Prince Harry. The fourth in line to the throne attended the Fields of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 6th 2014 to pay tribute to those who have died in war and lead one of the most poignant acts of remembrance in the UK.

Prince Harry plants his poppy at the Fields of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey
(photo @wabbey Twitter)

The fields are planted at the Abbey at the start of November and each cross, with a poppy, represents a life lost in conflict. The tradition first began in 1928 when just two crosses were planted but 86 years on, wave after wave of red flowers stand at this makeshift field in Westminster with five other fields dotted around the UK.

A photo posted by Clarence House (@clarencehouse) on

For many years, the Queen Mother always led royal tributes at the Fields of Remembrance and since her death several members of the Royal Family have taken her place at the ceremony. But Prince Harry is now becoming a regular and the deep importance the event has for him could be seen as he stepped up to plant his poppy and pay his respects.

Prince Harry at the Fields of Remembrance
(Clarence House Instagram)

Harry, a serving soldier, has personal reasons for wanting to be at the Fields of Remembrance, But he is also a member of the Royal Family that the Queen Mother helped rebuild after the Abdication. She was determined that simple acts of remembrance should be open to everyone to help get over the trauma of war and the losses that come with them. And now her great grandson is carrying on that work, following in her footsteps. 

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