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Harry's first joint engagement with Duke of Edinburgh

Harry joins the Duke of Edinburgh on their first joint engagement Credit: David Crump/PA Wire
2013 is the Field of Remembrance's 85th year at Westminster Abbey Credit: David Crump/PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry carried out their first joint engagement as they opened the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.The first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 1928, making 2013 the 85th year.

Remembrance crosses are provided so that ex-servicemen and women, as well as members of the public, can plant a cross in memory of their fallen comrades and loved ones.

Organised and run by the Poppy Factory, the Field is opened for 11 days each year, from the Thursday preceding Remembrance Sunday through to the following Sunday

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Pipers entertain travellers at Heathrow

Pipers from the Epping Forest Pipe band perform at Heathrow's Terminal 5 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Pipers from the Epping Forest Pipe band entertained travellers at terminal 5 at Heathrow airport today while soldiers helped push the total collected today closer to the target on one million pounds.

Soldiers sell poppies at Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

William and Kate out and about for London Poppy Day

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a red coat for the London Poppy Day Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire
Kate chats to volunteers raising money for London Poppy Day Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rode the Routemaster bus to High Street Kensington tube Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire
William chatted with military personnel on the Poppy Day Routemaster bus Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire
Kate meets staff and volunteers at High Street Kensington tube Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire
Kate with Corporal Steve Johnson, an RAF recruitment officer from Newcastle, who is busking at Tube stations across London Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire

"Kate asked what kind of music I'd been playing," Corporal Steve Johnson, an RAF recruitment officer from Newcastle, who is busking at Tube stations across London told the Press Association. "She asked me to play but then said don't because it's too busy.

"Kate was more interested in the music, while William was more concerned with the day itself and how the appeal was going. Lots of people are ecstatic to see them."

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"I reckon we'll get more", says Windsor on £1 million target

London Poppy Day organisers are aiming to raise more than £1 million today.

All funds will go towards the national Poppy Appeal fund-raising target of £37 million to allow the Royal British Legion to carry out its vital work.

The nation's biggest armed forces charity spends £1.6 million every week in direct welfare support and answers more than 170,000 calls for help.

RBL Ambassador Barbara Windsor says she's hopeful Londoners will exceed the target of £1 million.

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