Queen Consort joins over a thousand veterans at Westminster Abbey Field of Remembrance

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Photographer: Corporal Rob Kane - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Her Majesty The Queen Consort joined over a thousand veterans at the Field of Remembrance on Thursday to pay tribute to the Fallen.

Since 1928, the Field of Remembrance has been organised by The Poppy Factory and held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey to commemorate those who have lost their lives in the Armed Forces.

Around 70,000 crosses and symbols are laid in 308 plots according to regiment, unit or association, planted by volunteers.

This year, Her Majesty was invited to view a special plot in remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Photographer: Corporal Rob Kane – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

More than 1,000 veterans and Service Personnel gathered in the grounds of Westminster Abbey for the opening of the Field of Remembrance yesterday morning (10 November).

Her Majesty The Queen Consort was greeted by The Dean of Westminster Abbey, The Very Reverend David Hoyle, and took part in a service and the two-minute silence to remember members of the armed forces who have lost their lives, as Big Ben tolled to mark 11am.

Photographer: Lt Reilly AGC (ETS) – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The 70,000 crosses were carefully positioned in neatly trimmed grass by volunteers in the 308 plots according to regiment, unit, or association.

In 1928, Major George Howson MC suggested using land outside Westminster Abbey as a place where anyone could plant a poppy in memory of a loved one. This established a Remembrance Tradition which has continued for 94 years.

Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey and Lieutenant General James Bashall escorted Her Majesty as She reviewed the plots and met veterans.

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