Kate Middleton was reportedly reduced to tears during a tour of central London, when she visited London’s Tower of “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” poppy installation recently with husband Prince William.
USA Today reported that the royal couple visited the war memorial and took part in ceremony commerating the 100th Year Anniversary of World War I. This isn’t the first time Kate Middleton and the Prince have attended such events. They have also regularly visited World War II memorials.
The Mirror in the U.K. reported that Kate shed some tears during the emotional event, before planting her own ceramic poppy to add to the roughly 8,000 red flowers already placed there by volunteers.
As well as clearly being moved emotionally, Kate and William were also seemingly feeling thoughtful as they stood in awe of the amazing work of artist Paul Cummins. Apparently Kate Middleton called the spectacle an “amazing sight,” according to The Mirror.
The Poppies at the site are meant to symbolically represent the death of British, Australian and other Commonwealth World War I heroes. The Tower of London is slated to have a total of 888,246 when the memorial will be completed in November this year.
Paul Cummins was quoted by Vanity Fair talking about the instillation in the Tower: “The installation is transient, I found this poignant and reflective of human life, like those who lost their lives during First World War,” he said.
Cummings entrusted stage designer Tom Piper with the task of planning how and where the poppies would be planted around the tower. He hopes that in the future the flowers would: “become more fluid and the sea of red forms a wave or pours out of a window.”
The poppies will be sold for around $42 each following the unveiling in November and profits will then be split between six army charities, including Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.