The Princess of Wales Wears Catherine Walker for Historic Remembrance Sunday

Thousands gathered in Whitehall at present for the annual Remembrance Sunday service. 

Today was historic, because it was the primary Remembrance Sunday with out Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who thought of it one of the vital essential dates on her calendar. Below, HM on the 2020 service. She was unable to attend final yr’s service due to a again pressure.

More from this BBC News story

Much was the identical right here at present as in a long time previous; the music, the flags, the prayers, wreath upon wreath of poppies blazing pink in opposition to gray stone.

But one factor was totally different and that distinction was on the minds of many; the King led this ceremony, a ceremony so near the center of the late Queen and one which she attended into her nineties.

A video from the BBC’s protection of at present’s service. 

There was some shifting of locations for royals watching from the balconies on the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) Building. You can simply see (left to proper) the Gloucesters and the Countess of Wessex on the left, the Queen Consort and Princess of Wales within the middle, and the Duke of Kent and Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence on the far proper. 

Additional ideas on this yr’s service via The Evening Standard’s story

Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, stated there’s a “particular poignancy” to Remembrance Sunday this yr given the Queen’s loss of life and the battle in Ukraine. In an interview broadcast on Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme, he stated: “I feel Remembrance Sunday is all the time poignant. I feel it’s poignant for the entire nation, this particular second once we pause to replicate on the sacrifice and dedication of others to supply our freedom at present.”

“I feel there’s a particular poignancy this yr with each the lack of Her Majesty, one other lack of a Second World War veteran.”

The new Queen Consort and new Princess of Wales.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Countess of Wessex. 

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Duke of Kent. 

Another view of the Queen Consort and Princess of Wales. 

A view of the scene on the Cenotaph from above.

More on the occasion’s origins from the Royal British Legion

The first Remembrance Parade passed off in Whitehall on 19 July 1919 – the Cenotaph then being a short lived wooden and plaster building. In his message to the individuals of the Empire on 6 November 1919, King George V requested {that a} Two Minute Silence be noticed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month.

Below, crowds gathered for at present’s service.

“In a ceremony on the Cenotaph, the point of interest of the nation’s homage, Members of the Royal Family unite with others in hundreds of comparable ceremonies throughout the UK and worldwide in holding two minutes of silence at 11am,” per the Royal Family website. 

Below, King Charles leads the household contingent out to the Cenotaph. Behind the King, Prince William, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne.

Another view.

The King and his sister on the foot of the Cenotaph, the battle memorial situated in Whitehall, London. (Cenotaph means “empty tomb.)

Ahead of at present’s service, the Royal Family posted on social media concerning the wreath-laying custom. 

The King locations his wreath on the foot of the monument.

Hello reports it’s made with “…poppies mounted on an association of black leaves, as is conventional for the sovereign, with the ribbon bearing the King’s racing colors of scarlet, purple and gold.” A better have a look at the cardboard which says, “In Honour of the Glorious Dead, Charles R.” 

A video. 

Per Buckingham Palace, the Queen Consort’s wreath bore “Her Majesty’s racing colors, inherited from her grandfather, and echoes the wreath of the earlier Queen Consort, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.” More concerning the wreath laid by the brand new Prince of Wales from this Town and Country story

Prince William, now the Prince of Wales, laid the wreath beforehand utilized by his father that includes the Prince of Wales feathers and with a brand new ribbon in Welsh pink. He laid the wreath because the Princess of Wales watched from the balcony.

Prince William returns to the formation after laying his wreath. 

The Princess of Wales watching the service. 

Prince Edward. 

 Princess Anne after she positioned her wreath on the Cenotaph. 

Among the previous Prime Ministers in attendance, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. 

As effectively as Liz Truss, Boris Johnson, and Theresa May. 

The present Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak (r), is seen right here with Labour Party Leader Sir Keir Starmer (l).

Among these watching from the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) Building, Sir Tony Blair’s spouse Cherie Blair (left), British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spouse Akshata Murty (2nd from the left), British former Prime Minister Liz Truss’ husband Hugh O’Leary (2nd from the fitting), and former Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband Philip May (proper). 

Another view of the Queen Consort and Princess of Wales. 

After the service concludes, it’s time for the Royal British Legion march previous. This contains near 10,000 veterans. 

This is a practice of each Remembrance Sunday. Below, Chelsea Pensioners.  

Some of the Pensioners gathering earlier than the march previous. 

Many carry wreaths to be laid on the Cenotaph. 

The Royal British Legion reports, “One of the oldest marching veterans this yr is 101-year-old WW2 D-Day Veteran Stanley Elliss who’s marching for the primary time, and the youngest is Luca-Beau, eight, who might be carrying a wreath on behalf of Scotty’s Little Soldiers and remembering her father.”

In this picture, you see 99-year-old D-Day veteran Joe Cattini. Some of you could keep in mind assembly Joe in yesterday’s post once we confirmed him visiting the Fields of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey. 

There had been about 300 totally different Armed Forces and civilian associations participating in at present’s march.

The route goes from Whitehall, south in direction of Parliament Square then turns proper into Great George Street and proper once more into Horse Guards Road.

This seem like a service canine in coaching being very well-behaved.

And a reward for the great boy or woman.

It was a sea of faces and uniforms. 

The route ends at Horse Guards Parade, the place Prince Edward was readily available to take the salute. On the left, you see the UK Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace. On the fitting, the President of the Royal British Legion, Lieutenant General James Bashall. 

A 1:30 video from the BBC as the ultimate marchers cross the Cenotaph. 

And as soon as once more this yr, Black Cab drivers are offering free rides to veterans.  More from Taxi Point UK

Hundreds of London Cab drivers will volunteer their spare time to assist the free Poppy Cabs Service, which transports veterans across the Capital to attend companies at The Cenotaph and take part within the Remembrance Sunday Parade

Poppy Cabs is funded totally by the drivers, usually accompanied by household and pals as helpers, who present their taxis freed from cost.

This video reveals a few of the cabs. 

Now for our have a look at what the Princess of Wales wore for at present’s solemn service.  

The Princess gave the impression to be sporting the ‘Evie’ design by Catherine Walker, with because of WKW reader Irène for the ID tip. The piece is described as “a military-style coatdress with diagonal pintuck particulars throughout the chest and shoulder.” 


This view presents a extra detailed view. 

The Princess could have worn a Philip Treacy hat. 


It appears to be like like a model of this Philip Treacy design executed in black with some modifications, like a a lot greater brim and the removing of the velvet bow on the aspect. Thank you to UFO No More for this ID.  


The gloves gained by the Princess seem like one in all her Cornelia James pairs, possible the Beatrice of the Imogen, however I don’t have pictures that actually present element. 

I’ll contact Cornelia James for affirmation.  


The Princess introduced again the pearl and diamond earrings that belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales. 


First worn to the 2019 BAFTA Awards (seen beneath), the earrings characteristic diamonds in a mixture of cuts, with a cluster of marquise-cut stones within the middle. The Princess wears them with barely smaller pearls than these worn by Diana.


It seems the Princess of Wales wore a brand new brooch at present, an artwork deco design. With thanks to UFO No More for the wonderful detective work, the piece is a Twenties-era diamond and platinum design bought by Bentley and Skinner.

The Art Deco Diamond-Set Brooch is an openworked design that includes spherical and baguette-cut diamonds with a spherical brilliant-cut diamond within the middle. The piece is described as “a classically Art Deco design, with geometric shapes and positive openwork platinum set all through with vigorous diamonds. This lovely piece was made in round 1920 and captures the glamour and class of the Jazz Age.” Located in Mayfair, Bentley and Skinner is a Royal Warrant holder specializing in classic and vintage jewellery. 

The Princess wore three paper poppies. The following is from a Remembrance put up just a few years again, but it surely nonetheless applies: “There is all the time hypothesis concerning the variety of poppies worn by the Duchess and any significance connected to that quantity. Here is a concept many have instructed as detailed in this Grazia story

Some theories recommend every poppy stands for a unique department of the navy. Others say that it’s simply simpler to see a big clump of flowers than a singular one. And a 3rd concept speculates that she would possibly put on the poppy trio to honor her great-grandmother’s three brothers who died throughout World War I.”

The Princess carried her suede Mulberry clutch once more, proven beneath as carried to a different occasion. 

Today I had a few questions concerning the late Queen’s cipher nonetheless getting used on navy uniforms. More from Gordan Rayner’s Telegraph piece

All members of the Armed Forces on parade on the Cenotaph wore the initials of the late Queen, together with the King himself and different members of the Royal household. At subsequent yr’s Cenotaph service, and for years to come back, some navy personnel might be sporting the King’s cypher whereas others will nonetheless be sporting the late Queen’s. 

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence stated that the switch to the King’s cypher might be a gradual one, with particular person regiments and different navy models introducing it in their very own time.

Below, closeups from at present’s service displaying the cipher on the King’s uniform (l), Prince William’s uniform (c), and the portion of the King’s new cipher that may ultimately be seen on uniforms. 

More from The Telegraph story

King Charles, who famously abhors waste, seems to be in no hurry to interchange his late mom’s cypher on his personal uniform. At the Cenotaph Queen Elizabeth’s initials featured on the epaulettes of the overcoat that he wore as a part of his Field Marshal’s uniform, and a spokesman for the King stated that no choice had but been taken on when adjustments to his uniforms could be made.

I’ll shut with another picture of the Princess at present.

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The BBC presents about 4 minutes of protection right here, together with the 2-minute silence. 

The Royal Family Channel has greater than 5 minutes of protection on this video. 

King Charles Leads Nation in Remembrance

King Charles leads the country in honouring Britain’s war-dead at the annual Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying and national silence in Whitehall. Queen Consort Camilla and the Princess of Wales looked on from the Foreign Office balcony as King Charles and Prince William laid wreaths on the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall.


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