Why Are Members of the British Royal Family All Wearing Poppy Pins This Month?

The royal family is adding a special accessory to their outfits this month.

Royal watchers may have seen that individuals from the family have been sporting red poppy pins with their troupes lately.


Kate Middleton and Prince William both wore the blossoms during their outing in Scarborough on Nov. 3, with the Prince of Wales also adding the accessory to his tuxedo at the tenth annual Tusk Conservation Awards and his suit for the Film Africa festival earlier in the week. King Charles III, Sovereign Camilla and Princess Anne also wore the pins when they invited athletes from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games for a reception at Buckingham Palace.

Each November, the red poppy pins become a piece of the royals’ wardrobe. The poppy has been utilized since 1921 to commemorate military individuals who have died in wars.

The red blossom is primarily associated with the U.K. and Commonwealth nations for Remembrance Day on November 11.

The poppy image is accepted to have come from the sonnet “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, a sonnet about The Second Great War. The opening stanza reads:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

In the U.K., the pins are offered by the Royal British Legion to assist with raising money for veterans.

Although more uncommon, the U.S. also utilizes the image. The Veterans of Foreign Wars conducted the principal nationwide distribution of remembrance poppies before Memorial Day in 1922, and the American Legion Auxiliary distributes paper poppies in exchange for donations around Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

This month, individuals from the royal family will participate in several occasions honoring military personnel, culminating in the National Help of Remembrance, also known as Remembrance Sunday. They will gather for a help at The Cenotaph war memorial in London.

Last year, Sovereign Elizabeth missed the Remembrance Day administration because of a sprained back. She was said by a royal source to be “profoundly disappointed,” as she regards the moving ceremony as “one of the main engagements of the year.” Her son Charles, who became King Charles following her death on Sept. 8, placed a wreath at the memorial on the Sovereign’s behalf.

Almost certainly, the social media accounts of the royal family will change their photographs to mirror the dismal nature of the occasion, as they have done in years past around Remembrance Day. The Royal Family pages on Twitter and Instagram follow crafted by King Charles, Sovereign Camilla and other royals, while Kate and Prince William have separate accounts.