The Duchess of Cornwall attends Westminster Abbey Field of Remembrance

Grace Andrews General

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall today (Wednesday, November 4th) attended The Poppy Factory’s 92nd Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey for a short opening service.

Her Royal Highness, Patron of The Poppy Factory, laid a Cross of Remembrance and reviewed thousands of wooden crosses and symbols planted in tribute to those in the Armed Forces who have lost their lives.

Veterans representing the charity, which has helped more than 140 veterans with health conditions move into employment since the April lockdown, were also present.

The Field at Westminster Abbey has been organised and run by The Poppy Factory since 1928. It is formed of 308 plots laid out with more than 60,000 Remembrance crosses and symbols of all faiths and none, made by the wounded, injured and sick veterans and dependents of veterans who work year-round at the factory in Richmond-upon-Thames. Many bear a hand-written message from family, friends or comrades.

Alongside its continued commitment to Remembrance, The Poppy Factory helps veterans with health challenges throughout England and Wales on their journey into employment. Support has continued throughout the coronavirus outbreak and will remain available in the weeks and months ahead.

Deirdre Mills, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, said:

“During these extremely challenging times, we are honoured to have our Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, join veterans at the Field of Remembrance.

“As we enter the Remembrance period it is vital that we honour those who have lost their lives in conflict, while carefully heeding all government guidance. And as an employment support charity, we will continue working hard to help veterans adapt and find new opportunities in the months ahead, no matter what challenges they may face.”

At the opening of the Field, prayers were led by the Dean of Westminster Abbey. The Poppy Factory’s President, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, invited Her Royal Highness to lay a Cross of Remembrance followed by the Last Post, the Exhortation to Remembrance, a two-minute silence and Reveille.

Proceeds from the Field are given to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

You can view an virtual tour of individual plots and read our annual programme here. 

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