Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
5 August 2014

Royals plant poppies to commemorate World War One

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined volunteers planting ceramic poppies at the Tower of London.


Royals plant poppies to commemorate World War One- SSAFA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry planted ceramic poppies at the Tower of London today to officially open an art installation representing the lives of those lost during the First World War.

The exhibition, entitled Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red, at the Tower's moat features 888,246 poppies, one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war.

Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by General Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower of London. The ceramic poppies were presented to the Royal party for planting by members of the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets.

The Royal Party were then introduced to beneficiaries from the charities. SSAFA was represented by Bill Aitkenhead, 88, a D-Day veteran who volunteers for the charity.

The ceramic poppies will be available for purchase for £25 on the Historic Royal Palaces website. All net proceeds plus a guaranteed 10% from every poppy sold will be shared equally amongst six service charities, which should raise millions of pounds if all poppies are sold. The six service charities are COBSEO, Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and SSAFA.