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The Queen's Visit

As The Poppy Factory celebrates the fact that it has helped over 200 wounded, injured and sick veterans back into civilian work, Her Majesty The Queen came to visit its premises in Richmond, Surrey on Wednesday 7 November 2012.

Her Majesty was welcomed by President of The Poppy Factory Sarah Jones CBE, DL, Chairman Bernard Cook and Chief Executive Melanie Waters and then was accompanied on a tour of the factory where remembrance poppies and wreaths are made by hand.

Below are some of the images we captured on this memorable day.

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    Her Majesty The Queen arrives at The Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey on Wednesday 7 November 2012 and was met by Sir David Brewer, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London.

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    HM The Queen is greeted by President of The Poppy Factory Mrs Sara Jones CBE, DL and Chairman Bernard Cook.

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    Chief Executive Melanie Waters shows HM The Queen images depicting the work to help wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women back into work in the communities where they live around the UK.

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    The official signing.

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    HM The Queen is presented with a poppy posy by Iris Kellett, who designed and made the posy. Iris is accompanied by Brian Edwards.

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    The Royal Party, including Mayor of Richmond Cllr Rita Palmer, tours the production area.

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    Former Coldstream Guard, Philip Hayton, shares a moment with HM The Queen.

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    HM The Queen meets 59 year old Sheila Nutbeam and her guide dog Kerrie. Sheila, from Teddington, has worked at The Poppy Factory for 29 years.

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    Brian Edwards explains to HM The Queen how he makes the Royal wreaths.

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    Iris Kellett has made poppies for 29 years.

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    Ian Lindsay helps Her Majesty The Queen make her own poppy.

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    HM The Queen, Chief Executive Melanie Waters and President Sara Jones look at some of the historic photographs of previous royal visits.

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    HM The Queen meets Jack, one of The Poppy Factory's successful clients from North Tyneside.

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    Upon her departure, HM The Queen meets members of the public outside.






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