Meghan and Harry have paid tribute to Britain’s war dead during a ceremony at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey. It was Meghan’s first appearance at the ceremony, where she and Harry planted crosses to pay their respects to British servicemen and women who died serving their country.
Harry was dressed in his Household Division ceremonial uniform while Meghan looked stylish in a long belted navy coat with a poppy pinned to one lapel, knee-high black Tamara Mellon boots, matching leather gloves and a navy headpiece with veil.
The couple wore solemn expressions instead of their customary smiles in keeping with the poignancy of the ceremony, however they exchanged some kinds words afterwards with veterans from all areas of the Armed Forces.
Meghan enjoyed a good chat with 96-year-old Elizabeth Hershel, a widow who wore her late husband Stanley’s WWII medals and her own medals from when she served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service.
Herschel had some sound advice for Harry in light of the couple’s struggles with negative press. “I told him you can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends, and he said ‘I will remember that’,” she said.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined hundreds of veterans and their families at the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, to honour and remember those who lost their lives in service of their country. Their Royal Highnesses each planted a Cross of Remembrance, paying respect to those who have served in our Armed Forces. They were then honoured to spend time meeting with veterans and family members from all areas of the Armed forces – from those who have served in past campaigns to more recent conflicts. This is the seventh time The Duke has attended the Field of Remembrance – having previously accompanied The Duke of Edinburgh for several years. The Duchess of Sussex was grateful to be able to join her husband on this important day and to personally recognise those who have served. #remembrance #lestweforget
Meanwhile, Kate and Wills had an important visit of their own, heading to St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London where they met survivors of terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire and made a short speech marking the official inauguration of the charity.
Like Meghan, Kate also looked smart in navy. She chose a long-sleeve belted dress and black pumps.
William gave a speech at the launch, saying, “Just now and on previous occasions, it has been humbling to speak to survivors of the London Bridge and Manchester attacks, the Cumbria floods, the Grenfell Tower fire and other disasters here in the UK. Their stories are as heart-breaking as they are inspiring. Their resilience and strength are deeply humbling.”
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the launch of the @National_Emergencies_Trust_ — an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The Trust will work collaboratively with charities and other bodies to direct public donations to their appeals, and to distribute funds fairly and efficiently at the time of a national emergency. Speaking at the launch, The Duke said: “Just now and on previous occasions, it has been humbling to speak to survivors of the London Bridge and Manchester attacks, the Cumbria floods, the Grenfell Tower fire and other disasters here in the UK. Their stories are as heart-breaking as they are inspiring. Their resilience and strength are deeply humbling. I am very pleased that the National Emergencies Trust now stands ready to provide a structured, organised response to help people right across the UK in the event of a domestic disaster.” 📷 PA/Kensington Palace
William is due to give another speech this evening London time at the London Air Ambulance charity gala in central London.
William worked as a pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance, and became a patron of the London organisation in January. At the special 30th anniversary gala tonight he will also meet Air Ambulance crew members, former patients and other supporters.