This morning, William and Kate hosted London Poppy Day military supporters and members of the British Poppy Legion at Kensington Palace. Military supporters and “The Poppy Girls” – a singing of children from armed forces families group dedicated to the event – travel throught the city on a 1960s Routemaster Bus to raise awareness for the cause. The British Legion hopes that the London Poppy Day festivities will help raise £1 million in one day to support veterans and ex-military personnel.
The British Legion supports ex-servivemen and women and their families through comradeship, rehabilitation, and support, depending on their needs. The support received by 300,000 members in invaluable to the military and ex-military communities. The British Legion shares this video to demonstrate the work they do:
The Royal British Legion is represented by a red and black poppy, which is an international symbol of remembrance. For the past two years, Kate has proudly worn her Buckley London poppy pin, a gorgeous swarovski pin of striking red. You can purchase this year’s version of the brooch, and support the Royal British Legion, London Poppy Day, and ex-servicemen everywhere, here.
William and Kate greeted supporters at the gates of Kensington Palace (not the pretty ones, the other one!) just after 10 a.m. The royal couple chatted with the volunteers and toured the 1960s Roadmaster Bus. The Royal British Legion has a steep goal to raise £37 million this year, which William and Catherine asked about in their conversations.
William looked almost as good as Catherine in his go-to navy suit, also sporting a red poppy on his lapel. Kate looked lovely, appropriate and respectful in her red LK Bennett “Ami” coat, Episode “Angel” shoes and a poppy brooch trio.
Kate arranged three poppy pins on her lapel and wore them with pride! This is a great way to stylishly show your support. The Duchess of Cambridge combined three medium/large fabric pins in bright “poppy” red to her burgundy coat, making it a definitely statement piece. Kate’s “Ami” coat has been seen many times before, most memorably in Denmark to meet with the Crown Princely couple in 2011. The gorgeous coat is no longer for sale in store, but you might be able to snag one on eBay.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge didn’t just toured the grounds of Kensington Palace (as we had expected) but even wandered over to the Kensington High Street. Their little journey could only raise more awareness for today’s cause. The royal couple traveled on the 1960s Roadmaster Bus from the palace to the tube station to meet with poppy vendors. The short trip must have been incredibly memorable, especially for The Poppy Girls!
William and Kate visited London Poppy Day vendors and even ventured into the shops, with one woman sharing their arrival at Marks and Spencer. She also noted that Prince Harry had popped into the same store just the other day! The visit caused quite a frenzy, with dozens tweeting and posting pictures of William and Kate strolling the high streets during their morning commute. It is reported that their visit to the High Street was a last-minute decision, showing their dedication to the people and doing things “their way.”
On the Kensington High Street today, vendors were selling goods, handing out poppies, and raising awareness for today’s event. The awareness was raised even higher by William and Kate’s appearance. People could not wait to snap a picture of the couple!
Updates as they come available!
To learn more about the Royal British Poppy legion, click here
To donate to the cause and support the ex-servicemen, click here
To hear the lovely Poppy Girls sing, click here
To spend all your paycheck at LK Bennett, click here, and then send us a present.