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

    As with all events this year, the Remembrance Day service was adapted and scaled back due to coronavirus, with precautionary guidelines in place to control the outbreak.

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    “May the memory of their sacrifice and bravery remain with us always.” Her Majesty The Queen led the nation in remembrance to all those who have died in two world wars and other conflicts at the #RemembranceSunday service at the Cenotaph. The Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of The Queen this #RemembranceDay A wreath was also laid on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke of Cambridge, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal and The Duke of Kent all laid wreaths at the Cenotaph which serves as a national shrine to the memory of all lives lost in war. The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Countess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence joined Her Majesty to watch the service from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building. #WeWillRememberThem #LestWeForget Photograph ©1-8 @pa, 9 © @markacuthbert

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    The royal family usually 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.

    This year, the Queen travelled down to Buckingham Palace for the scaled-back event and joined selected royal family members to watch the proceedings from a Buckingham Palace balcony.

    Kate Middleton made headlines during the event, as people were surprised that the Queen wasn’t standing next to her and the Duchess of Cornwall as usual, with the monarch standing on a separate balcony with lady-in-waiting Mrs Susan Rhodes in order to socially distance.

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    On #RemembranceSunday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and Members of the Royal Family for the annual Remembrance Day Service at The Cenotaph. This year the @RoyalBritishLegion encouraged us all to to take to our windows and doorsteps for a two minutes’ silence at 11am on Sunday November 8, to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Swipe to see more from across the UK: Image 3: Merchant Navy veteran Bill Bennett, 94, wears his medals whilst at his home in Kidderminster. Image 4: D-Day veteran Jim Healy, 95, from Manchester. Jim was a Corporal in the Royal Marines and was coxswain of a landing craft assault on June 6, 1944. Image 5: Veteran Charlie MacVicar, who served for 23 years with the Royal Scots, at the Royal British Legion Remembrance Garden in Grangemouth. Image 6: A camera phone is set up to film and live-stream a closed and socially distanced remembrance service at Exeter Cathedral. Image 7: Seymour 'Bill' Taylor, 95, from Colchester in Essex, who served as an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy onboard HMS Emerald during the D-Day landings joins neighbours in the street to observe the two minutes silence. Image 8: The National Memorial Arboretum, where a virtual Act of Remembrance from the Armed Forces Memorial was broadcast online.

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    Kate made most news however for her poppies, with the Duchess choosing to wear three instead of the one that she usually wears.

    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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