This morning, William, Kate, and Harry visited the iconic Tower of London to view a special memorial display of poppies. The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red memorial installation has been a highly anticipated feature to London’s World War I commemorative events. 800,000+ poppies pour out of the tower like blood – one for each British and Commonwealth soldier lost.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry had a chance to view the impressive display on a private event. William, Kate and Harry were each invited to “plant” a poppy. They were given a tour of the installation and walked through the poppies in silence. It was obviously a very moving engagement for the three of them.
Kate chose to repeat her LK Bennett “snorkel blue” Detroit dress. She debuted new suede courts from Jimmy Choo and a new necklace from Mappin & Webb. The Duchess of Cambridge certainly stood out against the sea of red, but her sartorial choice did not detract from the somber nature of the event.
The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation is a major project put on by the Historic Royal Palace Foundation. Their website provides the following information:
Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat over the summer. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.
The poppies will encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful visual commemoration.
For those of us interesting in owning a piece of history (perhaps one planted by William, Kate or Harry!), the ceramic poppies became available for purchase today. Each ceramic poppy will be available to buy for £25, with 10% going towards six charities. The charities chosen are The Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. Click here to buy a poppy today!
– See more at: http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/stories/firstworldwar/TheTowerofLondonRemembers#sthash.zSTd9Ja6.dpuf