Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Attend Westminster Remembrance Service

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have paid their respects to the nation's war dead during a ceremony in the grounds of Westminster Abbey.

Planting small crosses, marked with poppies, the royal couple joined members of the public and the Armed Forces community in the Field of Remembrance.

Around 70,000 of these symbols cover the ground, in more than 360 plots.

Due to recent ill health, the Duchess of Cornwall could not make the event.

Walking around the grounds and taking the time to read many of the tributes, Prince Harry and Meghan were joined by former and serving members of the Armed Forces.

Seeing members of the royal family attend the event was "brilliant," according to military police veteran, Derek Highton.

"It restores your faith because you’ve got the younger royals actually continuing to support these sort of occasions," he added.

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Prince Harry also met former serving personnel.

The Poppy Factory, which supports veterans with physical and mental health conditions, has hosted the Field of Remembrance ceremony since November 1928.

That year just two poppies were placed around a single cross.

Now, tens of thousands of poppies on wooden symbols and tributes are planted every year by members of the public, honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"The Field of Remembrance is fantastic," said veteran, Ron Watson.

"To see all of it is phenomenal."

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The Field of Remembrance in Westminster will stay open to the public until 17 November.

During the ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stood, surrounded by veterans, as the Last Post was played by a bugler.

The Exhortation to Remembrance was spoken by Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, president of the Poppy Factory, including the words: "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

"At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."

On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join other members of the royal family to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph, as the nation falls silent to pay their respects.

At Westminster Abbey, the Field of Remembrance will remain open to visitors until 17 November.

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Prince Harry paid tribute to those fallen in conflict during the ceremony.