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The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry open 85th Westminster Abbey Field of Remembrance

Posted: Nov 8, 2013
Category: General
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Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry officially opened the 85th Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey yesterday to pay tribute to Service men and women who have served in our Armed Forces since World War I.  

Duke of Edinburgh and Prince HarryBoth laid a Cross of Remembrance in front of two wooden Crosses from the Graves of Unknown British Soldiers from World War I and World War II. The Last Post was then played before a Two Minute Silence was held.   The Princes then visited the plots in the Field of Remembrance and met with veterans from conflicts past and present.  

Field of RemembrancePrince Philip was reunited with Former Petty Officer (Airman) Norman Richardson, 90 - a pilot he rescued from the Pacific in World War II. The Prince was the First Lieutenant of HMS Whelp which picked up Mr Richardson after his Grumman Avenger was shot down by a Japanese Zero off the coast of Sumatra in January 1945.  

Each of the thousands of Crosses in The Westminster Abbey Field has a personal message from members of the public in order to commemorate Service men and women who have died in conflict since 1914.

The Westminster Abbey Field is open from Thursday 7 November to Sunday 17 November, from 9am until 4pm.