A 96-year-old war widow gave Prince Harry some wise and timely words of advice in which he said he & # 39; could not choose his family but could choose his friends & # 39; in the midst of his public acceptance of a gap with his brother William.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today honored Britain's war deaths during a gripping ceremony at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey, where Meghan first appeared.
The couple took the time to chat with Elizabeth Herschel, 96, who proudly wore World War II medals from her husband Stanley, a former Royal Engineer, and her own medals from her time at the Aux Territorial Service.
Mrs. Herschel, from Newcastle, told Prince Harry: & I told him you can't choose your family, but you can choose your friends, and he said & # 39; I will remember that & # 39;. & # 39;
Mrs Hershel's advice follows the Duke of Sussex acknowledged that there had been deeper tensions between him and William, after months of speculation about the state of the brothers' relationship.
He made the candid admission to Tom Bradby in a TV documentary that was broadcast last month.
Meghan squats in London today to chat with 96-year-old Elizabeth Herschel who proudly wore World War II medals from her husband, a former Royal Engineer, and her own medals from her time at the Aux Territorial Service
Meghan is planning a cross and Harry is greeting today outside Westminster Abbey at the Field of Remembrance in London
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex express their respect as they visit the memorial field at Westminster Abbey today
Harry and Meghan today showed their respect in London to soldiers and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice
The couple visited Westminster Abbey to remember those who have brought the ultimate sacrifice into conflict in recent decades
The Duchess of Cornwall withdrew because of poor health, so it was only Harry and Meghan who were present today
Meghan places a cross this morning during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex honor the war dead of the nation today at a gripping ceremony at Westminster Abbey
Meghan is today planting a small wooden cross on a large cross consisting of poppies in Westminster Abbey
Meghan smiles as she leaves after a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey this morning
The Duchess of Sussex laughs today while visiting the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London
Prince Harry, who was wearing his ceremonial uniform from the Household Department, and Meghan planted small crosses to pay tribute to soldiers and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts over the decades.
The couple bowed their heads after placing a cross on a larger version made of poppies, while looking forward to a sea of crosses erected by military units and other groups associated with the First World War and other conflicts.
Meghan cut a modest figure in a Sentaler navy jacket and a pair of £ 620 knee-high boots from Tamara Mellon. She also wore one slim belt over a black dress and a navy hat by Philip Treacy with an elegant veil detail.
Harry and Meghan also visited the regimes for regimental and other associations, met veterans from all parts of the armed forces, including 20 D-Day veterans, and stopped while the Last Post was played by a bugler.
The couple arrived two minutes late for the event after apparently their convoy had gone to the wrong entrance – and the Duchess of Cornwall was forced to miss the engagement due to illness, but surgeon behind Admiral Lionel Jarvis, president of the Poppy Factory, placed a poppy on her behalf.
He also invited Harry and Meghan to lay their own memorial crosses for two wooden crosses of the graves of unknown British soldiers from the First and Second World War.
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met survivors of terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire today, while visiting emergency personnel at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London.
William and Kate attended the launch of a new charity, the National Emergencies Trust, where Kate was wearing a poppy brooch from Women of the First World War. Last year she also wore the same design during the poppy campaign.
The Duchess of Sussex has also been involved in projects to help the victims of Grenfell, including a cookbook she launched after visiting a kitchen in North Kensington, West London.
& # 39; You can't choose your family, but you can choose your friends & # 39 ;: what WWII veteran 96 said to Harry
As the Sussexes roamed the plots, Meghan squatted down to chat with 96-year-old Elizabeth Herschel, who was in a wheelchair, proudly wearing World War II medals from her husband Stanley, a former Royal Engineer, and her own medals from her time with the territorial service during the same conflict.
The Duchess of Sussex speaks today with 96-year-old Elizabeth Herschel who was in a wheelchair at Westminster Abbey
Mrs. Herschel said she was joking with Harry, whom she met at the same event in 2018: & # 39; I told him last year that he would have a boy, then a girl, and so far I am right. & # 39;
She also offered him some advice after his recent public issues with the press and admitted that he & # 39; good days & # 39; and & # 39; bad days & # 39; had the Duke of Cambridge with his brother.
The 96-year-old from Gosforth, near Newcastle, said: & I told him you can't choose your family, but you can choose your friends, and he said & # 39; I will remember that & # 39;. & # 39;
She joined the ATS in 1940 and attended training at Low Gosforth House in Harrogate before being placed at Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk in London.
Mrs. Herschel was then at the Victoria barracks in Windsor before being demobilized in 1945.
They would also be accompanied by his stepmother, the Duchess of Cornwall, who is the patron of The Poppy Factory in South West London, where memorial poppies are made.
But Camilla reluctantly had to stop the engagement on her doctor's orders after she had a breast infection that had gotten worse in recent days.
Harry represents the royal family at the annual event since 2013, but today was the first time his wife joined him.
It comes when the Sussexes this morning also shared details about life with baby son Archie as he turns six months old – he told a group of military families during a visit yesterday that he is starting to crawl and has two teeth.
Today, Harry was wearing his ceremonial uniform from the Household Division with a black frock. Frock coats are a form of undressing, a level lower than the full dress, and can be worn by certain officers of the Household division.
The jackets, worn on formal occasions by those who are not on parade in command of troops, are single-breasted and dark blue with black braids and loops. Harry & # 39; s peaking black and red cap wore the Blues and Royals emblem.
This contains the letters ER – Elizabeth Regina – and the maxim & # 39; Honi soit qui mal y pense & # 39 ;, which means & # 39; may he be embarrassed who thinks badly of it & # 39 ;.
The couple arrived two minutes late for the event after their convoy apparently went to the wrong entrance, but made up for the lost time by spending 15 minutes more than planned to shake hands with soldiers and women, including 20 worthy survivors of the D-Day campaign of 1945.
The couple was greeted by Reverend David Stanton, acting dean of Westminster Abbey, before being led to a large cross of poppies for which they stood prayers.
Harry was wearing a household cavalry gown, while Meghan was elegant in her navy blue belt with belt.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives today for the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London
In particular, Kate seemed to be taken by a dog that had been trained to help people in emergency situations during the visit to London
The Duchess is present today at the launch of the new charity that will respond to disasters in the UK in an emergency
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are present today at the launch of the National Emergencies Trust in St Martin-in-the-Fields
Kate starts her day this morning with the launch of the National Emergencies Trust in St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London
Kate will meet the Grenfell tower today and meet victims of terrorist attacks while visiting emergency personnel
The duchess listened attentively while her husband William greeted today at the charity launch event before giving a speech
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are present today at the launch of the National Emergencies Trust in St Martin-in-the-Fields
William and Kate arrive today for the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square
Prince William puts his hand on Kate's back as the Cambridges arrive to attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust
Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, president of the Poppy Factory, who organizes the annual event, then invited them to lay their own memorial crosses for two wooden crosses of the graves of unknown British soldiers from the First and Second World War.
Harry was the first to solemnly walk to the poppy-covered tribute and put his cross in it before greeting, followed by Meghan who did the same. As the duchess walked backwards to her queue, she stopped and bowed her head for a moment or two.
The couple then stood, Harry greeted again, while the Last Post was played by a band member of the Scots Guards from the parapet of the church of St. Margaret.
Schout-bij-nacht Jarvis read the & # 39; Reminder to Reminder & # 39; followed by a two-minute silence and Reveille. The couple then began to meet as many soldiers and women and their families as possible.
Among the first group they met was Brenda Rendell, whose deceased husband, Richard, was a & # 39; boy sailor & # 39; was in 1949 and later went to work as an engineer at the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The Duchess of Sussex meets a veteran while visiting the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London today
: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is watched by Watchman VI, the mascot dog, as he goes to the memorial field today
The Duchess of Sussex laughs and waves as she goes to the opening of the Field of Remembrance in London today
The Duchess of Sussex meets veterans and soldiers as she goes to the memorial field at Westminster Abbey today
The Duke of Sussex shakes a young man's hand as he goes to the 91st field of memory at Westminster Abbey today
Prince Harry poses for a photo with a young girl as he goes to the 91st Memorial Field today
Meghan laughs today at the opening of the memorial field at Westminster Abbey in London
Harry represents the royal family at the annual event since 2013, but today is the first time his wife has joined him
The site is now covered with around 70,000 symbols in more than 360 plots for regimental and other associations
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London today
The Duchess of Sussex arrives today to attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in central London
The Duchess of Sussex is greeted as she arrives today for the Field of Remembrance service at Westminster Abbey
The duke and duchess are surrounded by older soldiers, recent veterans and others associated with the armed forces
While the Big Ben chimes rang at 11 am, a two-minute silence was perceived by everyone present outside the abbey today
This morning the Duchess of Sussex cut a modest figure in a navy-structured coat, rubbed at the waist with a slender black belt =
Harry, a former army officer, wore a military dress and a cap, while Meghan was dressed in a winter coat and hat
The Duchess of Sussex today made her first visit to the Westminster Memorial Field with her husband
Meghan wore a Sentaler navy jacket from their fall 2015 collection and £ 620 knee-high heels from Tamara Mellon
The couple is said to have been accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall today, but she was unable to make it due to illness
The Field of Remembrance is organized by the Poppy Factory and has been held on the grounds of the abbey since 1928
Around 70,000 crosses are now produced every year by the factory field for the Memorial Field
In the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, royals attend a series of events to commemorate those who gave their lives
The couple also met with veterans from all parts of the armed forces who have served in earlier campaigns and more recent conflicts
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are taking part in the 91st memorial field at Westminster Abbey in London today
Mrs. Rendell, whose husband died of asbestos-related illness in 2011, told a delighted Harry how he had built the slide on the yacht that was so memorablely played by his father, Prince Charles, when he was a young boy.
& # 39; I had hoped to meet him to tell him that story and Harry was so surprised, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I wish my husband had been here to tell it myself, but I was very happy that I had the opportunity to do it. Harry just couldn't believe it and said he would definitely tell his father. & # 39;
Camilla badly withdraws from engagement with Harry and Meghan
Camilla drinks a cup of tea in north-west London yesterday
The Duchess of Cornwall had to stop today with a memorial service at Westminster Abbey because of a chest infection.
Camilla was to attend the event with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but was told by her doctor that she had to cancel her engagement because of a breast infection that got worse in the last few days.
The duchess is patron of the Poppy Factory in southwest London, where memorial poppies are made.
Royal sources say that Camilla & # 39; deeply disappointed & # 39; is to not be able to go to the Field of Remembrance service and & # 39; is determined to do everything it can to be good enough for the big events of the coming weekend & # 39 ;.
A spokesperson for Clarence House said: & # 39; The Duchess of Cornwall has told her doctor that she must cancel her engagement because of a breast infection that has been getting worse in recent days. & # 39;
Last night she had to stop attending a gala dinner at the London Library on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Prince Albert on medical advice.
Meghan also stooped at the same height as Mrs. Rendell, who was in a wheelchair because she was told the same story. & # 39; She said it was so intriguing and promised to tell her father-in-law. & # 39;
Harry also talked extensively with D-Day veteran 99-year-old William Allen, who told him that he would celebrate his 100th birthday on December 7. The prince told him: & # 39; Let me know where the party is and I will be there! & # 39;
Allen, afkomstig uit Leyton, Oost-Londen, diende in het leger van 1939 tot 1946 – bekleedde de prestigieuze functie van de lijfwacht van Field Marshall Montgomery – en herinnert zich nog levendig dat hij met hem door Europa reisde en op de trappen van zijn caravan zat.
Hij zei over Harry: 'Wat een lieve man. Hem ontmoeten was een van de mooiste ervaringen in mijn leven. & # 39;
Hij kreeg ook een knuffel en een kus van Meghan, die een kleine vlek make-up op zijn jasschouder achterliet. 'Dat was ik nooit!' hij grinnikte.
Van slechts twee kruisen, gelegd tijdens het eerste evenement in de abdij in november 1928, is het Herdenkingsveld nu bedekt met ongeveer 70.000 symbolen in meer dan 360 plots voor regiments- en andere verenigingen.
Het paar praatte met iedereen, van D-Day-veteranen tot degenen die in recentere conflicten dienden en deelden een knuffel met Poppie Hutton, acht jaar oud, uit Armagh, Noord-Ierland, die met haar grootouders op het complot voor het Royal Irish Regiment was.
Andrea McMahon, de regimentssecretaris van de militaire eenheid, zei: 'We vroegen Meghan naar het moederschap en ze zei dat haar zoon Archie zes maanden oud was en zei dat de ervaring geweldig was en dat ze er echt van genoot en een geweldige tijd had.
'Poppie hoopte knuffels van hen te krijgen en we wisten hoeveel Harry van kinderen houdt en toen we uitlegden dat ze een knuffel wilde, kwamen ze allebei langs en deden het.'
Harry praatte ook met de voormalige bestuurder van zijn overgrootmoeder Arthur Barty, die een complot vertegenwoordigde voor zijn voormalige eenheid The Black Watch.
Barty, die 27 jaar lang de koningin-moeder had gereden tot haar dood in 2002, zei: 'Ik heb bijna 100.000 mijl afgelegd met de koningin-moeder. Ik had nooit gedacht dat ik Zijn Koninklijke Hoogheid of Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid zou ontmoeten, maar het was een absoluut genot om met ze te praten. & # 39;
Tijdens de aangrijpende ceremonie stonden de hertog en hertogin, omringd door oudere soldaten, recente veteranen en anderen die bij de strijdkrachten betrokken waren, stil toen de Last Post door een bugler werd gespeeld.
De aanmaning tot herdenking werd gesproken door chirurg admiraal Lionel Jarvis, president van de Poppy Factory, die zei: 'Ze zullen niet oud worden, zoals wij die overblijven oud worden. Leeftijd zal hen niet vermoeien, noch de jaren veroordelen.
Harry en Meghan bezochten ook de complotten voor regimenten en andere groepen en ontmoetten veteranen uit alle delen van de strijdkrachten
De hertogin van Sussex woont vanmorgen haar eerste herdenkingsdienst bij in Westminster Abbey
Meghan was gekleed in een stijlvolle winterjas en hoed toen ze vanmorgen het Field of Remembrance bezocht
The Exhortation to Remembrance werd gesproken door Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, president van de Poppy Factory
The couple were due to have been joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, who is patron of the Poppy Factory
Harry and Meghan pay their respects this morning to servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice
The Duchess of Sussex goes up to lay a cross outside Westminster Abbey at the Field of Remembrance opening today
Meghan topped off her demure look outside Westminster Abbey today with a Philip Treacy hat, with an elegant veil detail
Meghan was surrounded by elderly soldiers, recent veterans and others associated with the armed forces at today's event
'At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.'
As the chimes of Big Ben rang out at 11am, a two-minute silence was observed by all those present. Harry, a former Army officer, wore a military frock coat and peaked cap, while Meghan was dressed in a stylish winter coat and hat.
The Duchess of Cornwall pulled out of the event due to ill health, having also missed an event in London last night.
A Clarence House spokesman said: 'The Duchess of Cornwall has been told by her doctor to cancel her engagements owing to a chest infection which has got progressively worse over the last few days.'
Among the crowds were a group of men from Royal Marines 45 Commando based in Abroath, Scotland.
Major Sam Hughes, Officer commander of X Ray Company, said it was a proud moment for them to have been chosen to represent the Royal Marines at such a 'hugely special event'.
'It's also a very special event for me personally as I have done two tours of Afghanistan and lost men out there. My grandfather lost an arm at Anzio.
'In Italy, my great-grandfather was injured at the Somme and my great- great- grandfather was killed at the same battle.
'Having the Duke as Captain general of the Royal Marines is a great honour. He's of our peer group and has served on the frontline. He knows what modern theatre is like.
'His grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh was very popular and I'm sure his grandson will do a a wonderful job. He's a great ambassador.'
The Field of Remembrance is now covered with around 70,000 symbols in more than 360 plots
Harry and Meghan pay their respects to servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex honour the nation's war dead during a poignant ceremony at Westminster Abbey today
The Duke of Sussex wears his Household Division ceremonial uniform at the Field of Remembrance this morning
The Duchess of Sussex arrives this morning for her first visit to Westminster Abbey's 'Field of Remembrance'
The Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London this morning
The Duchess of Sussex makes her first visit to Westminster Abbey's 'Field of Remembrance' this morning with Prince Harry
The couple also stopped to talk to Liz Longman, who was standing by the Monte Cassino Society poppies and lost her uncle, William, in the campaign.
She said: 'Harry told me that he had been to Monte Cassino and wanted to go again. I asked the duchess how Archie was and she said he was lovely and doing really well.'
One of the most touchinmg moments of the visit came as Harry spotted Harrison Degiorgio-Lewis, nine, whom he saluted.
Harrison was proudly wearing the medals and cap of his uncle, Lt Aaron Lewis of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, who died in Afghanistan on December 15 2008 after his base was attacked by insurgents.
Harry – who shares the same birthday as Harrison – has met the little boy before and it has even been speculated that Harrison may have been the inspiration for his own baby son Archie's middle name.
He was with his grandparents Helen and Barry, Aaron's parents, who said they were always touched at the interest Harry took in their grandson.
The couple have set up a foundation in his memory which helps military veterans and say while they mourn his loss every day, they are so glad to be able to help others in his memory.
After their meeting Harrison, from Eastford, Essex, who wants to go into the army like his uncle, said: 'I am wearing my uncle's medals and cap. I never met him, although my sister was two when he was born. Prince Harry always talks to me and said he liked my name. I've been told he may have named his baby after me.'
His grandmother interjected: 'Well we aren't sure, and they are obviously too discreet to say as they clearly wouldn't want to offend anyone. But they are certainly very lovely to Harrison. It would be very nice if true.'
Meghan also appeared entranced by little Florence Berry, two, from Uckfield, East Sussex, who looked pretty as a picture in a red Princess coat and knitted poppy with another in her hair.
Her grandmother, Rachel Berry, whose father, David Collett, 73, is Secretary of the Sussex and Surrey Yeomanry, said afterwards: 'Meghan asked if she was cold and told me how beautiful she was. She seemed very taken with Florence.'
Ms Berry added: 'We come here every year and it's just wonderful to bring the family, I was very young when I first came here. We told Florence yesterday that Harry and Meghan would be here and on the way she was saying their names so I'm sure she will remember this day.
'The couple held her hands and they both said how cold they were and Meghan said she was very pretty.'
The Duchess of Sussex arrives to visit the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London this morning
The couple stood still as the Last Post was played by a bugler during their visit to the Field of Remembrance today
Crosses placed by Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and on behalf of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are seen at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London today
Ex-service men and women, as well as members of the public, can plant a cross carrying a personal message in memory of those who have lost their lives in the service of others.
How Westminster Abbey has hosted a poignant Field of Remembrance for nearly a century
The first Field of Remembrance was held in Westminster Abbey's grounds in November 1928, making 2018 the 89th year.
In the first year only two crosses were planted, but it began a tradition that took root and has grown over the decades.
Each Remembrance tribute carries a personal message to someone who lost his or her life in the service of the country.
Ex-servicemen or members of the public plant the crosses in memory of their fallen comrades and loved ones.
Poppies were first suggested as a symbol of Remembrance in 1918 and were adopted by the American Legion in 1920.
In 1921 the British Legion adopted the idea too and the first Poppy Appeal was born.
The other Fields are located in Lydiard Park in Wiltshire, Cardiff, Belfast, Gateshead, Edinburgh and Inverness.
The Field is opened every Thursday before Remembrance Sunday and stays open for a further ten days. Each of the three royals laid a Cross of Remembrance today before the 'Last Post' was sounded.
This was followed by the 'Exhortation to Remembrance', the chimes of Big Ben and a two-minute silence and reveille.
Harry and Meghan then visited the plots for regimental and other associations, meeting veterans from all areas of the Armed Forces, including 20 D-Day veterans.
The engagement will be among a number conducted by the Royal Family as they lead the country's annual remembrance events.
The Queen, who is patron of the Royal British Legion, yesterday visited the Royal British Legion Industries' Village in Aylesford, which provides accommodation and welfare support to veterans and the wider Armed Forces community.
On Saturday the monarch and all the senior royals – including Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan – are due to attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
This will be their first joint public appearance since Harry and Meghan's bombshell documentary in which she talked about her struggle to adapt to life as a royal.
The Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent will also be present.
2018: The Duke of Sussex salutes after laying a Cross of Remembrance in front of wooden crosses at the site last November
2017: Harry at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance two years ago to honour the fallen ahead of Armistice Day
2016: Prince Harry lays a wooden cross at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance to remember the fallen three years ago
2015: Prince Harry pays his respects at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance in London three years ago
2014: Prince Harry salutes in front of a cross of remembrance as he openes the 86th Field of Remembrance five years ago
2013: Prince Harry meets servicemen and women at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey six years ago
On Remembrance Sunday the Queen will, for the third year running, watch the annual Remembrance Day Service at The Cenotaph from the balcony of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office building, after aides finally admitted the ceremony had become too arduous for the 93-year-old sovereign.
Instead a wreath will be laid on her behalf by the Prince of Wales. An equerry will also lay a wreath for the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, who has retired from public life.
The Service at the Cenotaph will be attended by all other senior members of the royal family, and following the service Prince Andrew will take the salute at a march past of veteran organisations on Horse Guards Parade.
On Monday the Duke of Kent will also attend The National Memorial Arboretum Armistice Day Service in Staffordshire.
The Field will remain open until November 17 with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
Prince William and Kate Middleton meet victims and emergency service heroes from Grenfell blaze and terror attacks as they launch national crisis response trust
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet Grenfell Tower and terror attack victims today as they visit personnel from across the emergency services.
William and Kate began their day at the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Central London.
The new independent charity will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK, and has been set up after several terror attacks since 2017.
Kate was believed to be wearing a Women of the First World War poppy brooch worth £29.99 for at least the second year in a row.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the National Emergencies Trust launch at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London today
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields today
Kate begins her day at the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London this morning
Kate will meet Grenfell Tower and terror attack victims today as she visits personnel from across the emergency services
The Duchess attends the launch of the new charity today which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK
Kate arrives this morning for the launch of the new charity which has been set up after several terror attacks since 2017
The Duke and Duchess arrive for the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London today
Kate opted against wearing a cold in the chilly London breeze today, choosing instead to show off her blue A-line dress
The Duchess of Cambridge accessorised her look with a black clutch and matching patent stilettos
The Duchess donned a royal blue fit and flare dress with a chic belted waist and paired it with patent Gianvito Rossi heels and an Aspinal clutch bag
The dress is a bespoke version of Emilia Wickstead's appropriately named 'Kate' dress, which she's worn in several different variations now
The Duchess of Sussex has also been involved with projects to help the victims of Grenfell, including a cookbook which she launched after a visit to a kitchen in North Kensington, West London.
They will meet victims of disasters, including Grenfell and the Westminster Bridge attack, and make a short speech marking the official inauguration of the charity.
Kate wore Princess Diana's glittering earrings at the engagement, pairing the dazzling diamond and sapphire drops with a cobalt blue dress.
The earrings, which can be adapted and worn as studs or as drops, are a favourite pair of Kate's and have been worn by the Duchess on a number of high profile occasions.
The Duchess plumped for a tailored blue fit-and-flare dress for the occasion, which featured a knee-length hemline and flattering 3/4 length sleeves.
The dress boasts a wide waist belt in the same colour as the dress, which served to accentuate the royal's svelte frame.
The Duchess arrived with a typically bouncy blow-dry, matching her royal blue dress with husband William's dapper suit
The duke was joined by his grandmother, the Queen, during a visit to the Grenfell site shortly after the blaze in June 2017
The charity is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and will hear a speech from William after he meets crew members, former patients and other supporters
Typically polished, the Duchess finished the look with a pair of black patent heels and a matching black patent leather clutch bag. She wore her brunette locks in her signature bouncy blow dry.
The duke was joined by his grandmother, the Queen, during a visit to the Grenfell site shortly after the blaze in June 2017.
In the evening, William will attend the London Air Ambulance charity gala in central London.
The duke worked as a pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance, and became a patron of the London organisation in January.
The charity is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and will hear a speech from William after he meets crew members, former patients and other supporters.
The windswept Duchess of Cambridge began the day at the launch of the National Emergencies Trust in central London
Archie is CRAWLING and has two teeth! Proud Harry and Meghan share details of six-month-old son as they pay tribute to military families who 'hold it together back home' while partners serve abroad
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared details about life with baby son Archie as he turns six months old – telling a group of military families that he is beginning to crawl and has two teeth.
Prince Harry also praised those who maintain a home life while their partner is away on operations and sympathised with service personnel missing out on their child's development while serving abroad.
The couple met families from the Welsh Guards, Coldstream Guards and Household Cavalry when they visited a coffee morning at Windsor's Broom Farm Community Centre yesterday, in the heart of an Army housing estate.
Photographs and details of Harry and Meghan's visit were released at 9am this morning in an Instagram post on the couple's Sussex Royal account, which told how they 'surprised their neighbours in Windsor'.
Harry – who returned from his visit to Japan for the Rugby World Cup final on Sunday – wore a Royal British Legion poppy on a blue jumper on top of a shirt and animatedly received a cake from a young girl called Poppy Dean.
Poppy Dean gives a cake to The Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor yesterday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak to members of the families of serving soldiers during the visit in Windsor yesterday
Meghan speaks to a family as she attends a coffee morning with families of deployed Army personnel at the centre yesterday
Meghan, who wore a white blouse and black skirt, sported her poppy on a khaki green coat – and crouched down as she spoke to the children.
It comes after Harry sent the England rugby squad a picture of Archie in a Red Rose jersey in a good luck message last week, before the final which they lost to South Africa.
Today, the Duchess of Sussex will make her first visit to Westminster Abbey's 'Field of Remembrance' as she joins her husband and mother-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall, to honour the nation's war dead.
The majority of the Coldstream Guards are on exercise in Kenya and a large proportion of the Welsh Guards are coming to the end of a long deployment to the Falklands.
Harry, who served for 10 years as an Army officer, said he was in awe of military families holding it together back home, saying: 'It's unbelievably hard. I have so much respect and admiration for anyone who has to deal with that.'
The Sussexes took Archie to southern Africa last month for their first official tour as a family and the duke empathised with service personnel who are away from their children.
The royal couple meet families from the Welsh Guards, Coldstream Guards and Household Cavalry in Windsor yesterday
The Duchess of Sussex puts her hand out to a child from the family of a soldier in The Welsh Guards yesterday
Harry also praised those who maintain a home life while their partner is away on operations during the visit today
Meghan chatted to parents on the visit to the centre in Windsor yesterday about her son, who was six months old yesterday
He said: 'I can't imagine what it's like to miss so much as they change so quickly.'
Harry and Meghan's post on their Instagram page
Yesterday, The Duke and Duchess surprised their neighbours in Windsor at a coffee morning for military families in a community centre located in the heart of the Army housing estate. Every year during the month of November we pause to remember and honour all those who have served their country here in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world. Their Royal Highnesses also wanted to show support for the families of service personnel who are currently deployed overseas.
As we lead up to Remembrance Sunday, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join Her Majesty The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family at various commemoration events, including the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cenotaph.
During the visit yesterday, Their Royal Highnesses met with young families who shared their experiences as parents and as couples who are often apart from their loved ones for months at a time. A reminder that a life of service does not simply describe the person wearing the uniform, but the entire family.
Meghan chatted to parents about her son, who was six months old yesterday, and shared stories about his development with Amy Thompson, whose husband Brad is attached to the Welsh Guards.
Ms Thompson said: 'My daughter Aeris is the same age as Archie and we talked about weaning and the children beginning to crawl – she's just a normal mum and it was like talking to a friend.'
During the visit, Harry was pictured holding a little girl while Meghan high-fived a toddler.
Army spouse Leigh Smith took her eight-year-old daughter Molly to meet the royal visitors and the youngster said: 'Meghan promised not to tell anyone that I was off school. She asked me who my best friend was.'
Ms Smith added: 'We had a party when Harry and Meghan got married and we've followed their story ever since, so it was an amazing experience for Molly to shake hands with them. It's really special and a lovely boost for the whole community.'
Coldstream Guards welfare officer Captain Colin Lewis said the visit was a welcome tonic after a tough 18 months.
The officer said: 'The regiment are really appreciative of the support the families provide by picking up the burden when the service person is away.
'It's great for the duke and duchess to take the time to truly understand the challenges they face.
Harry, who served for 10 years as an Army officer, said he was in awe of military families holding it together back home
The Sussexes made the visit to the centre one month after they took Archie to southern Africa for their first official tour
The Duchess of Sussex receives a posy of flowers from Bonnie and Maggie Emanuel (mother and daughter) yesterday
Photographs and details of the visit were released at 9am today in an Instagram post on the couple's Sussex Royal account
'They are very down to earth and they've had a snapshot of the entire community here by talking to lots of people from different backgrounds.'
Tariq Baksh, from the Household Cavalry welfare team, also felt that the couple could relate to many of the families as young parents, saying: 'They're a modern family and completely empathised with people – our families realised that they're no different.'
Helen Llewelyn-Usher, wife of Welsh Guards Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Henry Llewelyn-Usher, said the visit will help families to make new friends.
She said: 'It's amazing that Harry and Meghan found time to fit this in to their busy schedule – they shook hands with every single person. It brought together lots of people and now they will always have this amazing memory in common.'
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