The Duchess was joined on the balcony in Whitehall by the Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Laurence, the husband of the Princess Royal. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were unable to attend as they are in New Zealand on a Jubilee tour.
Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died during conflicts. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V in 1919 as a day of remembrance.
The Royal Navy, Scots Guards, Royal Marines and Lifeguards were all on parade.
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ITV's Georgina Brewer shared a photo of Private Derek Derenalagi who lost both legs in Afghanistan. It was an emotional day for Derek who said he feels "lucky to be alive".
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The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their vibrant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
One can purchase a poppy brooch, lapel pin or pendent at The Royal British Legion's Online Shop. Kate regularly wears her £25 Buckley Brooch, most recently at the St Andrews dinner.
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The first stroke of Big Ben at 11 am and the firing of a gun from Horse Guards Parade by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery marked the start of two minutes silence. The Queen, then laid the first wreath, followed by Prince Philip, Prince William, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, Prince Michael of Kent and Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank.
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Kate and Sophie singing the national anthem.
Kate wore black - a sombre colour for a sombre occasion. The Duchess chose to recycle the Diane Von Furstenburg coat she wore to last years service.
The wool coat is from the Autumn/Winter 2008 Collection and has detachable cuffs and collar. I thought it an excellent idea to re-wear last year's coat, obviously done to detract attention from Kate's sartorial choices ensuring the focus stays on the ceremony.
Kate also recycled her black Philip Treacy wide brimmed hat, having originally worn it to Prince William's passing out parade at Sandhurst in December 2006 (with many thanks to the wonderful Anna) I would be very interested to know how she stores her pieces and keeps them in such pristine condition.
Kate accessorised with her Annoushka Baroque Pearl Earrings. The 18ct yellow gold and white pearl earrings are available for £295.
Kate wore her poppy (the aforementioned Buckley Brooch) to commemorate the life of her late grandfather Peter Middleton who trained pilots in Calgary during the second world war.
The Duchess wore the Cornelia James Pure Wool Gloves With Side Bow. (It was originally thought the gloves were by BLACK, a simple mistake as Cornelia James is a supplier of BLACK and they sell the gloves in Satin Lycra) The gloves are available for £52 in black, winter white, dark grey, chocolate, taupe caramel, pink, petrol and plum.