On Tuesday, William and Kate, along with Prince Harry travelled to the Tower of London to, officially, unveil Paul Cummins’ Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red.
This “spectacular” art installation of ceramic red poppies marked the centenary of the First World War.
When the last poppy is planted on November 11, Armistice Day, there will be a total of 888,246 poppies around the tower – one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war. It will also, symbolically, mark the end of the First World War in 1918.
The tower was where more than 1,600 men swore an oath to the crown in August 1914 after enlisting for the war.
The trio climbed the Middle Tower to view the artwork from above, before walking through the field of poppies, accompanied by General Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower of London and his wife, Lady Dannatt. They then, each planted their own red poppy in tribute to the war dead to join the huge red sea of poppies.
Then they walked around the moat to see more of the artwork, where they were cheered by crowds who had lined the banks.
So far 120,000 ceramic flowers have been planted but by the time its finished there will be 888,246. Each one is hand made (and unique) by a team 35 people and each takes around three days to create.
All flowers are to be sold off – raising millions to be split between six charities with links to Armed Forces.
Kate looked vibrant and recycled her snorkel blue, L.K. Bennett Detroit Dress (£225). The structured frock features a unique notch collar detail, cinched waist, and ladylike knee-length hem with a centered back split.
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a new pair of navy suede round toe pumps by Jimmy Choo (thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB for the ID).
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