Why did the Queen wear five poppies, and Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle not?

Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday and the Royal Family attended a memorial service at the Cenotaph in London.

The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were seen together paying their respects to those that gave their lives to defend our country.

The royal women all wore black, the colour of respectful mourning, and they were proudly displaying their poppies. However many fans and social media users where quick to question why they were each wearing a different number of poppies.

Poppies are worn in order to remember those that gave their life in battle because they were the flowers that grew on the battle field after World War One, as described in the famous poem In Flanders Fields.

The Poppy Appeal also raises money for the Royal British Legion, a charity that provides support for army veterans.

The Queen wore five poppies and there are many theories as to why she wears so many, the most commonly accepted one being that each is to represent a different branch of the services.

She reportedly wears one for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Defence and the final poppy is to represent women.

Meanwhile Kate, Duchess of Cambridge wore a broach. It was a 'code-breaker' poppy; a perfect tribute to her grandmother Valerie Glassborow, who actually worked in signal intelligence at Bletchley park during the war.

It was at that countryside manor that many teams worked tirelessly in order to crack the German codes and give the British and allied troops the best possible chance of victory.

The brooch Kate wore has “lest we forget” inscribed on the back and was released earlier this year so as to honour the 13,000 men and women on the Bletchley Park roll of honour.

Meghan Duchess of Sussex, however, wore a more simple brooch of the poppy design while Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wore three, something that the Duchess of Cambridge also did the year before.

There is no official reason why some members of the Royal wear more or less poppies, and actually the number of the poppies worn by the royals changes too. Just two years ago the Queen was seen wearing three poppies.

Royal historian Marlene Koenig told BAZAAR.com that: "It has been assumed that the queen wears five poppies for the three branches of the military [the army, navy, and air force] plus women and the civil defense.

"Looking at photos, Camilla and Catherine have worn three poppies to one event, one poppy to another."

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