Princess Kate, dressed in a black ensemble, witnessed the ceremony from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office alongside Queen Consort Camilla.
The newly appointed Prince of Wales joined the royal family at London's Cenotaph war memorial to pay tribute to those who have died in war at the National Service of Remembrance, known also as Remembrance Sunday. Prince William was dressed in his Royal Air Force Military Uniform as he laid the wreath at the memorial. Per PEOPLE, Princess Kate, dressed in a black ensemble, witnessed the ceremony from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office alongside Queen Consort Camilla. This is the first Remembrance Sunday of Kate Middleton as the Princess of Wales.
Prince William followed his father King Charles to pay his tribute and he was followed by his uncle Prince Edward and then aunt Princess Anne, who also laid down their wreaths. The memorial service at the Cenotaph was also attended by other royal family members such as Prince Edward and Countess of Wessex Sophie, Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.
Prince William’s uniform was adorned with a poppy pin like the rest of the royal family’s outfits. The red poppy pin has become a symbolic piece of the royal family’s wardrobe each November since 1921 when it was first used to commemorate military members who have died in wars. The red poppy flower is primarily associated with the U.K. and Commonwealth countries for Remembrance Day on November 11.
The royal family followed tradition and changed their social media photos as well to reflect Remembrance Day, commemorating those who died in the war. The royal family has continued playing an important role in the Remembrance Day commemorations since King Charles' great-grandfather King George V laid the Unknown Warrior to rest in Westminster Abbey on November 11, 1920. Later that day, he unveiled The Cenotaph war memorial in nearby Whitehall.
A Wreath is laid at the Cenotaph by His Majesty The King.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 13, 2022
This tradition was started by King George V in 1920, who unveiled the Cenotaph, and has been continued by every Monarch since.#LestWeForget#RemembranceSunday pic.twitter.com/Y7NG3Bz7VI
Kate and Camilla also joined fellow members of the royal family at the Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall on Saturday evening. Kate was dressed in black once again, with three poppy pins on her lapel. She complete her look with some jewelry that belonged to her late grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth. Kate was seen wearing the Bahrain pearl drop earrings and a four-strand pearl choker necklace with a diamond piece in the center, as per PEOPLE.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Princess of Wales shared a heartfelt moment with a 3-year-old boy named Akeem during her visit to Colham Manor Children's Centre. After Akeem showed interest in her poppy pin, she took it off of her jacket and gave it to him and explained why she was wearing that accessory. "Do you know what this is for?" Kate asked. "It's for remembering all the soldiers who died in the war. There you go — that's for you."
At the #RemembranceSunday Service this morning, remembering all those who have served and continue to serve our nation and the Commonwealth.#LestWeForget pic.twitter.com/zPCsxfcvwv— The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) November 13, 2022
The Royal Family’s Twitter account shared throwback photos this Sunday where King George V, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III can be seen laying wreaths. Queen Elizabeth was likely in the minds and hearts of several onlookers and veterans as her coffin had passed the same spot at the Cenotaph eight weeks ago during her funeral procession.
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