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Remembrance with royalty

7 November 2019

Westminster City School cadets attended the opening of Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance, in the presence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, on Thursday.

The Field of Remembrance has been taking place since November 1928. The tradition has grown since then, when just a handful of poppies were planted around a single cross in the grounds of St Margaret's Church at the Abbey. Now in its 91st year, tens of thousands of poppies on wooden crosses and tributes are planted every year. These blanket the Abbey’s grounds, remembering loved ones lost serving in the Armed Forces.
 
At Thursday’s opening, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex planted their own crosses outside the Abbey. Our eight cadets were privileged to attend this event, which provides a poignant moment for reflection and thought. As one of our Year 10 cadets, James, said: “This was a momentous occasion.”
 
James added: “I’ve been a cadet for two years now and find it a great activity to take part in after school. We undertake some amazing trips and camps, and learn a lot of different things, whilst gaining a taste of life in the military.”
 
There has been a cadet unit at Westminster City School for over 100 years. Our current cadets parade every Wednesday, after school, and go on at least four weekend camps per year, as well as taking part in numerous ceremonial events.
 
Westminster Abbey’s 2019 Field of Remembrance will remain open to the public until Sunday 17 November, with entry via the West Gate of the North Green.

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