Royal visits since the Second World War

Sam Sowemimo General

The Poppy Factory has drawn tens of thousands of guests to our historic home in Richmond over the years, including some very notable appearances by members of the Royal Family.

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day this week, we have gathered together photographs from our archive documenting Royal visits to The Poppy Factory since the Second World War.

On each occasion, our Royal guest will have had the opportunity to see our production team hard at work making Royal wreaths for the Remembrance period.

The Queen first visited as Princess Elizabeth back in 1946, in the immediate aftermath of the conflict, with her younger sister Princess Margaret. Following her coronation, The Queen then returned with the Duke of Edinburgh in 1962. We were honoured to welcome her back to The Poppy Factory again for our 70th anniversary in 1992, and most recently for our 90thanniversary in 2012.

The Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra, is shown making two visits to our Richmond factory in 1965 and 1979, and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother is also pictured meeting the factory team in 1975.

As our work supporting veterans with health conditions into work in communities around the UK continues to grow each year, we hope to host more Royal visitors as we move forward towards our charity’s centenary in 2022.

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