Duchess of Cornwall lays cross at Westminster
4th November 2020

Camilla’s tribute to the fallen: Duchess of Cornwall sports a poppy facemask as she takes on absent Prince Harry’s role to place a cross at Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance

  • Duchess of Cornwall paid tribute to Britain’s war dead by placing a cross today
  • Camilla, 73, honoured servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives at war
  • Event has been attended by Prince Harry every year since 2012, but Camilla appeared in place of her step-son today, who is currently living in California

The Duchess of Cornwall has paid tribute to Britain’s war dead by placing a cross at Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance.

Camilla, 73,  honoured the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives for their country and stood in solemn silence as the Last Post was played.

The event has been attended by Prince Harry every year since 2012,  but Camilla appeared in place of her step-son today, who is currently residing in California with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie. 

Only a small number of socially-distanced veterans attended the ceremony in the 92nd year of the Field of Remembrance today.

The Duchess of Cornwall has paid tribute to Britain’s war dead by placing a cross at Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance

Sporting a poppy facemask,  Camilla, 73, honoured the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives for their country and stood in solemn silence as the Last Post was played

The royal sported an appropriate poppy facemask as she left the event.

Keeping warm from the November chill, Camilla wrapped up in a dark green coat, which she complemented with black knee-high boots, gloves and beret.

The wife of Prince Charles kept her white blonde hair carefully coiffed under a hat.

Camilla sported a light make-up look with a gentle layer of foundation, muted pink lip and lick of black mascara. 

Keeping warm from the November chill, Camilla wrapped up in a dark green coat, which she complemented with black knee-high boots, gloves and beret

Only a small number of socially-distanced veterans attended the ceremony in the 92nd year of the Field of Remembrance today

Prince Harry has represented the Royal Family at the annual event since 2013, but last year was  the first time that his wife has joined him.

This time last year, Harry and Meghan observed the sea of tiny crosses erected by regiments, military units and other organisations associated with the First World War and other conflicts. 

The Duke of Sussex wore his Household Division ceremonial uniform of a black frock, while Meghan was dressed in a stylish navy winter coat, a Philip Treacy netted hat and black leather heeled boots. 

Prince Harry has represented the Royal Family at the annual event since 2013, but last year was the first time that his wife has joined him. Meghan and Harry are pictured last year 

 From just two crosses, laid during the first event at the Abbey in November 1928, the Field of Remembrance is now covered with around 70,000 symbols in more than 360 plots for regimental and other associations.

It comes as the government declared remembrance services will go ahead over the coming days despite a second lockdown looming over the UK, with millions facing stringent new restrictions on Thursday.

The Royal British Legion is readying the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey which will be officially opened on November 5.

The event has been organised by The Poppy Factory since 1928 and in recent years has been opened by Prince Harry. 


The wife of Prince Charles kept her white blonde-hair carefully coiffed under a hat. Camilla sported a light make-up look with a gentle layer of foundation, muted pink lip and lick of black mascara

Camilla’s appearance comes as the government declared remembrance services will go ahead over the coming days despite a second lockdown looming over the UK, with millions facing stringent new restrictions on Thursday.

From just two crosses, laid during the first event at the Abbey in November 1928, the Field of Remembrance is now covered with around 70,000 symbols in more than 360 plots for regimental and other associations. Camilla is seen 

Each year the Field is opened every Thursday before Remembrance Sunday and remains open for a further ten days. 

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman today said guidance would be given to councils but remembrance events would be allowed as long as social distancing was maintained.

There will still be a national service at the Cenotaph in London, which will be broadcast on TV.

The couple visited Westminster Abbey to remember those who have made ultimate sacrifice in conflicts across the decades last year

Meghan places a small cross during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey last year

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