After the departure of Prince Harry, Camilla Parker Bowles took her place. This Wednesday, November 4, the Duchess of Cornwall participated in a symbolic ceremony.
Camilla Parker Bowles took over. After the departure of Prince Harry, who left the British Crown to settle in Los Angeles with Meghan Markle and little Archie, the Duchess of Cornwall took her place. This Wednesday, November 4, a few days before the Armistice, the wife of Prince Charles paid tribute to the soldiers who fell during the First World War to serve the United Kingdom by going to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.
Last year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry participated in this symbolic ceremony, which is very important to the British Crown. After the retirement of Prince Philip, who was in charge until 2013, it was the Duke of Sussex, a former soldier, who had the honor of attending the Field of Remembrance. After the Megxit, it was Camilla Parker Bowles who took over.
For the occasion, Camilla Parker Bowles wore a Rifles dress – she is Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment – with a military-style coat by Mr. Roy, a Rifles hat by Philip Treacy and a brooch. She was greeted by the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Reverend David Hoyle, and Defence Minister Ben Wallace, before meeting with representatives of Poppy Factory.
After spending long minutes in front of the graves of the dead soldiers, the Duchess visited the 308 plots of land filled with more than 60,000 crosses and symbols of all faiths. “It’s such a shame that there are no people here this year,” she said, as the British will once again have to confine themselves for a few weeks. The president of Poppy Factory, Rear Admiral Jarvis, welcomed the Duchess’s involvement.
A special ceremony
“The Duchess is an incredibly supportive patron of The Poppy Factory, so I think this will become a regular thing from now on,” he said before mentioning the absence of the Duke of Sussex: “Prince Harry obviously has other concerns at the moment.
We’ll see what happens next year. We think [his regular involvement] would be very pleasant. After this symbolic ceremony, the British Royal Family should be able to attend the important Remembrance Day on November 8. Confined to Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II is not planning to miss this event. The British monarch should be able to honour the memory of the soldiers, surrounded by only a few members of the Crown, including Prince Charles.