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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

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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."

"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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William and Kate join poppy sellers outside tube station

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stunned hundreds of commuters in London today as they joined poppy sellers at a tube station.

William and Kate meet volunteers at a London tube station. Credit: Royal British Legion

The royal couple travelled on a Routemaster bus to High Street Kensington station where they met military personnel and volunteers supporting London Poppy Day.

William and Kate were swamped by members of the public taking pictures as they walked along the high street to the station's entrance hall.

Some 2,000 uniformed personnel, veterans and their supporters are hitting the capital's streets today for the Royal British Legion appeal ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Fundraisers at 80 tube and train stations today

Fundraisers will be at 80 Tube and train stations today Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

Some 2,000 uniformed personnel, veterans and their supporters will hit the city's streets for the eighth annual event ahead of Remembrance Day to commemorate the end of the First World War in 1918.

Fundraisers will be at 80 Tube and train stations across London's transport network and at hubs including Covent Garden, where a stage has been created for military performances throughout the day.

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