Posted on November 9, 2018
Prince Harry was joined by soldiers, veterans, cadets and civilians at the Field of Remembrance which is celebrating its 90th year. The former Army soldier, who has just returned from the Invictus Games 2018, was greeted by the Dean of Westminster Abbey on arrival. Prince Harry laid a Cross of Remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the graves of unknown British soldiers killed during the World Wars. In the shadow of the Abbey, the Prince looked at 370 plots, representing regiments, military organisations and other bodies that were covered with tiny wooden crosses. Whilst looking around, Prince Harry spoke to Suraj Samant from the Hindu Council UK. In India, marigolds – rather than poppies – are used to commemorate the country’s war dead, and Mr Samant handed him a bloom. Mr Samant said Prince Harry would like to include the flower at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday to honour India’s war dead. “His elder brother and his father both put a wreath of marigolds down at India Gate at New Delhi to commemorate (India’s fallen) so I thought it was poignant to also offer His Royal Highness a marigold as part of the Indian diaspora’s centenary commemorations,” he said.