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Prince Harry Visits Westminster Abbey Field Of Remembrance

The Duke of Sussex laid a Cross of Remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the graves of unknown British soldiers.

The Duke of Sussex opens the Field Of Remembrance (Picture: British Army).

Prince Harry was joined by soldiers, veterans, cadets and civilians at the Field of Remembrance which is commemorating its 90th year.

The former Army soldier, who has just returned from the Invictus Games 2018, was greeted by the Dean of Westminster Abbey on arrival.

Prince Harry lays a cross at the Field of Remembrance (Picture: British Army).
Prince Harry lays a cross at the Field of Remembrance (Picture: British Army).

Prince Harry laid a Cross of Remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the graves of unknown British soldiers killed during the World Wars.

In the shadow of the Abbey, the Prince looked at 370 plots, representing regiments, military organisations and other bodies that were covered with tiny wooden crosses.

Whilst looking around, Prince Harry spoke to Suraj Samant from the Hindu Council UK.

In India, marigolds - rather than poppies - are used to commemorate the country's war dead, and Mr Samant handed him a bloom.

Video: Timelapse of the 370 plots going up.

Mr Samant said Prince Harry would like to include the flower at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday to honour India's war dead.

"His elder brother and his father both put a wreath of marigolds down at India Gate at New Delhi to commemorate (India's fallen) so I thought it was poignant to also offer His Royal Highness a marigold as part of the Indian diaspora's centenary commemorations," he said.

1.3 million Indian servicemen were involved in the First World War, with 74,000 killed during the conflict according to Mr Samant.

"His Royal Highness spoke of the sacrifice, and said his father had expressed that to him in great detail, and to remember that sacrifice, and it's very necessary to mark that here," he explained.

"He said he'd add a couple of marigolds into his wreath that he puts down at the Cenotaph if he had the choice.

"I think he recognises that sacrifice himself, it's not a small number we're talking about."

Prince Harry at the Cenotaph last year (Picture: MOD).
Prince Harry at the Cenotaph last year (Picture: MOD).

Mr Samant added that Prince Harry said if he made the gesture recognising India's fallen, it would not please everyone.

The Duke of Sussex spoke to soldiers as he made his way around the plots, with military mascots also in attendance.

On Sunday, the Duke will join the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, the Prime Minister and other national figures to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph, as the nation falls silent on the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.

In 2010 Prince Harry opened the first remembrance field dedicated to those killed in Afghanistan: