A royal first for the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cornwall

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Visiting the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey is an event that the Duke of Sussex has attended numerous times before. This year, however, will see the Duke undertake the engagement as part of an unexpected trio, accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, and his stepmother, the Duchess of Cornwall.

This year will mark Prince Harry’s seventh attendance, while Meghan and Camilla will be paying their respects at the location for the first time. Indeed remembrance is a cause close to the Duchess of Cornwall’s heart; Camilla has been Patron of The Poppy Factory since 2013, when she visited the factory and met veterans who have been helped by the organisation.

On Thursday 7 November, the royal trio will each lay a Cross of Remembrance at the Field, listen to the Last Post be played, and observe a two-minute silence. They are also expected to visit memorial plots and meet veterans.

The event will be the first official engagement that the group have attended as a three, although this weekend will see them rejoin with other royals for further Remembrance occasions.


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Camilla will also attend the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, where they are to be joined by other Royal Family members such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales and the Queen.

Sunday will see the family attend the annual Remembrance Sunday service, taking place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. Prince Charles will lay a wreath on his mother, the Queen’s, behalf, who in recent years has handed on some of her responsibilities to younger royals.

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It is unknown whether Prince Phillip, who officially retired from royal duties in August 2017, will be in attendance.

The Remembrance engagements are expected to be among the few public appearances the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake in the coming weeks, with the Sunday Times reporting that the couple will be taking some ‘family time’ away from royal duties this month.


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