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Queen Elizabeth pays respects at Tower of London Poppy Garden

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Queen Elizabeth has visited an art installation consisting of red ceramic poppies at the Tower of London today. She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh as they wandered in an impressive field of poppies with the Tower providing a stunning backdrop.

The Queen laid a floral wreath to commemorate the servicemen that fought during the First World War. The installation, called Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red, was created by Paul Cummins upon a setting by stage designer Tom Piper. Piper revealed that upon meeting the Queen that she was very moved by it and called it "impressive".

Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red commemorates the First World War and is still a work in progress. It is envisaged that by the time Armistice day arrives on November 11th, there will be 88,246 poppies on display to mirror the number of British soldiers who lost their lives during the war.

Cummins revealed that he got the inspiration to pursue such a huge vision after reading a living will of "an unknown soldier who we think may have been from Derby". He said "I approached the Tower as the ideal setting as its strong military links seemed to resonate. The installation is transient, I found this poignant and reflective of human life, like those who lost their lives during the First World War. I wanted to find a fitting way to remember them."

It has taken a mammoth effort to get all the details right with over 8000 volunteers giving their time and effort to bring the epic project to life. You can visit the installation up until the 12th of November, the day after Remembrance Day, when it will be painstakingly removed poppy by poppy which seems a huge shame after all the effort involved.

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