Princess Kate, Prince William and Royals Observe Remembrance Day Ceremony in London

Stephanie Petit
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Princess Kate, Prince William and Royals Observe Remembrance Day Ceremony in London

Prince William and Princess Kate honored the country’s war dead on Sunday at a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph war memorial in London.

Kate joined Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, to watch the service from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The 34-year-old mother of two was clad in a black jacket and matching hat, giving special attention to the trio of red poppies pinned to her coat — the symbol of remembrance for World War I and veterans.

Also dressed in black for the somber occasion, Queen Elizabeth laid a wreath of poppies at the memorial.

Prince William, 34, and Prince Harry, 32, also appeared at the ceremony, standing at attention and saluting in their military garb.

This year marks the 100-year anniversaries of the Battle of Somme and the Battle of Jutland, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War.

Sunday’s ceremony follows many other observances of Remembrance Day by the royals this week.

On Saturday, Harry joined Monaco’s Princess Charlene for a rugby match between England and South Africa, Charlene’s country of birth. Before the game, Harry visited and laid a wreath at the newly-installed Rose and Poppy Gates, which were sponsored by the union. And on Friday, Harry delivered a moving reading and laid a wreath at a national memorial on Armistice Day, the day that marks the end of fighting during World War I. The entire royal family was also on-hand on Saturday night to attend the Festival of Remembrance.

Prince William planted poppy seeds with local school children in London on Thursday to mark the dedication of the park by the Royal Borough of London & Chelsea to the Centenary Fields program.

“I’m not an expert gardener, but I hope the sunshine will come out and help them to grow. I’m not optimistic!” he said.