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          Members of the royal family are attending Remembrance Day services this week in honor of those who lost their lives in war

          By Stephanie Petit
          November 07, 2019 06:29 AM
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          After two years of solo appearances, Prince Harry was joined by his wife Meghan Markle at the Field of Remembrance service at Westminster Abbey on Thursday.

          The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took part in the annual event that is part of a series of ceremonies leading up to Remembrance Sunday, which will see the entire royal family step out for a poignant ceremony. The Field of Remembrance is a place where former service men and women, as well as members of the public, can plant a cross carrying a personal message in memory of those who have lost their lives in action.

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          Meghan Markle
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          The royal couple had been scheduled to be joined by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, but she was forced to pull out because of a chest infection. A spokesperson at Camilla’s office at Clarence House said, “The Duchess of Cornwall has been told by her doctor to cancel her engagements owing to a chest infection which has got progressively worse over the last few days.”

          When the Field of Remembrance service first took place in 1928, only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted, now there are about 70,000 crosses produced by the Poppy Factory, of which Camilla is patron. The Field at Westminster Abbey stays open for 10 days.

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          Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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          During Thursday morning’s ceremony, Harry, who served two tours of Afghanistan during his 10 years in the Army, and Meghan placed their own crosses in the garden and the Last Post was sounded by a lone bugler. They then toured the field.

          Harry first attended the ceremony seven years ago with his grandfather Prince Philip. After Philip, 98, gave up his public duties in the summer of 2017, Harry attended solo for the past two years.

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          There will be a number of public remembrances of fallen service members over the weekend, with the most poignant being that of the wreath laying at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Sunday. Like the past two years, Prince Charles will be laying the wreath on behalf of his mother Queen Elizabeth, 93.

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          Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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          A source says Camilla was “deeply disappointed” to miss the occasion, which followed her cancellation of an appearance at a dinner on Wednesday night. She is “determined” to do all she can to be well enough to attend the events over the coming weekend.

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