Queen’s kind offer to Kate before they had to separate on Remembrance Sunday

The royal family came together to lead the country in remembering our fallen heroes on Remembrance Sunday.

The scaled back Cenotaph service saw Princes Charles and William lay wreaths while the Queen, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate watched on from a balcony above.

However social distancing meant the women were unable to stand together, with the Monarch standing with her lady-in-waiting while Camilla and Camilla watching from a separate balcony.

Normally Kate and the Queen can be exchanging words before the ceremony begins, but that wasn’t possible as they do not live together and therefore have to stay at least a metre apart.

But the Queen made Kate a very kind offer in the lead up to the event, letting her borrow her diamond and pearl earrings for the historical event.

The stunning drop earrings perfectly complimented Kate’s bespoke Catherine Walker coat, which had tassels added to the shoulder.

They’re believed to be favourites of the Queen, and she wore them during the procession for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

She’s lent them to Kate a few times before, including some very special occasions.

She wore them when she carried out her first solo overseas engagement without Prince William in The Netherlands in 2016, and when she posed on the Lindo Wing steps after welcoming her son, Louis.

Kate also wore three poppies for the Sunday service.

The Queen wears five poppies at Remembrance events, each believed to represent a different branch of the services.

She has one for the Navy, Army, Air Force, Civil Defence and the final poppy is to represent women.

The annual service was very different to the country’s normal memorial due to the second lockdown.

When announcing the government’s restrictions last month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson explained he was allowing Remembrance Sunday to go ahead, despite people being asked to stay in their homes.

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A spokesman stressed the importance of paying respects to those who have paid the ultimate price for their country.

Princes Harry and Andrew were absent from the London service, after both stepping back from their royal duties.

However Harry and his wife Meghan Markle decided to mark the memorial day in their own way, sharing a number of photos of them laying a wreath at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

While many have criticised the couple for taking a photographer along to their “personal” memorial, accusing them of turning the day into a “PR stunt”, other fans were moved by their gesture.

Meghan picked flowers from the garden of their new home, where they are raising son Archie, and Harry wrote moving message.

The Duke, who served as Captain Wales in the British Army for a decade, laid a wreath at an obelisk in the cemetery inscribed with the words: “In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Defense of Their Country”.

On it, he had written: “To all those who have served, and are serving. Thank you.”

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, the royal family changed the photos on their social media pages to ones of them at previous services.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
The official Royal Family accounts now show a photo of the Queen dressed in black and wearing her five poppies.

The Cambridges are using a picture of Kate and William at the Manchester Cenotaph in 2016.

It shows them carrying a large wreath as they pay their respects, with the Duke in a dark suit and blue tie while his wife wears a checked Erdem coat.

Charles and Camilla’s shows them at a service in Canada during their 2009 Royal Tour.