There’s an important reason behind Kate Middleton’s decision to wear three poppies

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  • The Cambridges are undoubtedly one of the most talked-about families in the world, and from sweet outings to fashion decisions, the family of five never fail to make news.

    This weekend, it was the Duchess of Cambridge in particular that made headlines, following her appearance at the royal Remembrance Day service over the weekend.

    The Queen was sadly forced to miss the annual ceremony due to ill health, and standing in her place at the centre of the Buckingham Palace Balcony was Kate Middleton.

    The royal family honours the day by joining political leaders, World War veterans and members of the Armed Forces for a service and a wreath laying at the foot of the Cenotaph memorial.

    Selected high ranking royal family members are known to stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch proceedings, where this year Kate was joined on either side by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.


    Kate made most news however for her poppies, with the Duchess choosing to wear three instead of the singular poppy that is traditionally worn.

    She is not alone in this, with the Queen known to wear five poppies. And while it has never been confirmed why, there are some theories.

    One theory is simply that the poppies are more visible in a multiple cluster, and another is that multiple brooches honour the amount of family members who fought in the war. Other theories suggest that each poppy represents a different service, with the Queen’s five poppies said to symbolise the RAF, the Navy, the Army, women and the Civil Defence.

    Buckingham Palace has never confirmed the theories.

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