The Duchess of Cornwall, who is patron of The Poppy Factory, visited the charity’s new facilities in Richmond-upon-Thames, south-west London, on Tuesday. During the royal engagement, Camilla added a final poppy to the wreath Prince Charles will lay at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
The Duchess also completed a custom-made Remembrance cross which she will place at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey today to mark Armistice Day.
Camilla looked elegant in a red dress which she teamed with black knee-high boots and a jacket for the visit.
During the engagement, the Duchess spoke to veteran Kris Darling, who served with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr Darling, who was wearing a navy kilt, said: “The Duchess said it was nice to see someone wearing a kilt.”
Camilla was greeted by the longest-serving employee of The Poppy Factory, 62-year-old George Forbes.
The charity works all year round to make 120,000 royal and regimental wreaths.
The Duchess said: “It is your 43rd year my goodness me, there is nothing you don’t know about the place.”
Mr Forbes – whose father served with the RAF in the Second World War – told the royal he could make around five wreaths an hour, using 28 poppies per wreath.
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In the poppy making area, Camilla added a petal to the custom-made cross adorned with her royal crest, which she will lay at the opening of the 93rd Field of Remembrance alongside 70,000 others.
At the service on Thursday, Camilla will place her cross before the Last Post will sound moments before a two-minute silence.
In a nod to tradition and following in the footsteps of the late Prince Philip, the Duchess will then lay flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
Ahead of The Poppy Factory’s centenary in 2022, the royal unveiled a stone plaque to commemorate the opening of the building.
She said: “I think you do a fantastic job between you and it is just so important that we look after the veterans after the service they give this country.”
Camilla’s engagement comes as Buckingham Palace has said it is the Queen’s “firm intention” to attend the annual Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Sunday to honour Britain’s war dead.
The monarch was ordered to rest by royal doctors three weeks ago after spending a night in hospital undergoing preliminary tests.
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