UPDATED: The Royals at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday

The Queen traditionally leads the annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph in London. Today the sun is shining here, nice for the elderly servicemen. This year, there are no more veterans from WWI. The two minutes of silence was begun and ended with a shot, which we could hear from where we are just four seconds later.

Here is the Queen laying the first wreath. The members of the royal family, not their spouses, each lay a wreath. This year, The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, and the Duke of Kent all lay wreaths. Here is the Queen laying hers:

Here’s a look back at the Royal Family on the Foreign Office balcony overlooking the cenotaph during the Remembrance Sunday commemoration last year. There’s the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex, and the Duke of Gloucester. Their spouses were below laying wreaths.

This year, Kate was on the balcony as well, between the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex which leads us to believe that they stand in the order of succession. That’s Princess Anne’s husband Sir Timothy Laurence on the far right.

Here is a close up of just Camilla and Kate:

Kate is wearing two poppies, which likely represents two family members or friends killed in battle. The Queen wears five poppies each year. Kate is also wearing a black jacket,  her Kiki Mcdonough ‘Grace’ earrings and a black hat we believe to be from milliner Jane Corbett, as the bow embellishment resembles the hat she wore to the service for Prince Philip’s birthday back in June of this year. Jane Corbett is sold in Roxtons in Hungerford, Berkshire where Kate is often spotted with her family. Check out the Jane Corbett website here.

UPDATED: we received confirmation from Jane Corbett today that Kate’s hat is indeed one of her designs. She wrote: “Thank you for your email, I can confirm that the black hat worn by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was indeed one of my hats.”

The British certainly put on a respectful service; it is so important to remember the extraordinary sacrifices that continue to be made.


Categories: British Royal Family, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

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10 replies

  1. small correction that’s not Tim Laurence beside the Countess…its the Duke of Gloucester!
    Nice post.

  2. Thanks:) Seems we were too quick to hit ‘publish’. Always appreciate comments!

  3. Kate sure is a good role model and I have a question. What is the reason behind the double poppies?

  4. Why does the Duke of Kent lay a wreath but not the Duke do Gloucester?

  5. Good questions about the double poppies and the Duke of Kent…unfortunately we don’t have the answers at the moment – do any of you out there know why this is?

  6. i’m sure that second balcony photo is from another year, Sir Tim is in Canada. Catherine is wearing a different coat,the Countess is wearing a different hat than the photos at the jewell vault.

  7. whoops just read the date its last years report! my apologies


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