Camilla Parker Bowles has taken up the torch. After the departure of Prince Harry, who left the British Crown to settle in Los Angeles with Meghan Markle and little Archie, the Duchess of Cornwall took over. This Wednesday, November 4, a few days before the Armistice, the wife of Prince Charles paid tribute to the soldiers who fell during the First World War to serve the United Kingdom by going to the Field of Remembrance, the “field of remembrance”, in Westminster Abbey. Last year, it was Meghan Markle and Prince Harry who participated in this symbolic ceremony, very important for the British Crown. After the retirement of Prince Philip, who looked after it until 2013, it was the Duke of Sussex, a former soldier, who had the honor of attending the Field of Remembrance. After the Megxit, it is therefore Camilla Parker Bowles who took over.
For the occasion, Camilla Parker Bowles wore a Rifles dress – she is Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment – with a military-style coat by Mr. Roy, a Rifles hat by Philip Treacy and a brooch. She was greeted by the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Reverend David Hoyle, and Defense Minister Ben Wallace, before meeting with representatives from Poppy Factory. After spending long minutes in front of the graves of the dead soldiers, the Duchess visited the 308 plots filled with more than 60,000 crosses and symbols of all faiths. “It’s such a shame that there are no people here this year”, she regretted, while the British will again have to confine themselves for a few weeks. The president of Poppy Factory, the surgeon Rear Admiral Jarvis, welcomed the involvement of the Duchess.
A special ceremony
“The Duchess is an incredibly supportive patron of The Poppy Factory, so I think it will now become a regular thing”, he judged before referring to the absence of the Duke of Sussex: “Prince Harry obviously had to ‘other concerns for now. We’ll see what happens next year. We think [his regular involvement] would be very nice. ” After this symbolic ceremony, the British royal family should be able to attend the important Remembrance Day, on November 8. Confined to Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II does not intend to miss this meeting. The British monarch should be able to honor the memory of the soldiers, surrounded by only a few members of the Crown, including Prince Charles.
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