Uckfield resident Rachael Berry and her granddaughter Florence age 2 meet the Duke and Dutchess of Sussex at a Remembrance event in London.
Rachel told Uckfield FM:
‘My Father Major David Collett served as TA Soldier with the Sussex Yeomanry in the 70’ & 80’s and then with Sussex ACF. We are honoured to be invited each year to attend.
‘My Father & the family have been taking my Granddaughter who is now 2 with us so she can understand when she is a little older the importance of the day.
‘We were delighted when Prince Harry & the Duchess of Sussex both took the time to speak to myself & my Granddaughter Florence Berry on Thursday November 7th 2019 Florence was photographed by the press with the royal cross of poppies and was in two National Papers the next day.
‘The Field of Remembrance is a memorial garden organised annually by the Poppy Factory that was first held in 1928.
‘For eight days, from the morning of the Thursday before Remembrance Sunday until the evening of the following Thursday, the lawn of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster between Westminster Abbey & the Houses of Parliament is marked out with 250 plots for regimental and armed services associations.
‘After the Field of Remembrance closes, the crosses are collected and burnt, and the ashes are scattered at the First World War battlefields in northern France and Belgium.
‘One or two of the Royal Family attend and plant their cross, they then walk the red carpet path of Westminster Abbey talking to past & present soldiers standing in front of their plots’
Images- Rachael Berry