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The Hidden Meaning Behind Princess Anne’s Red Poppy Brooch

If Princess Anne’s latest brooch looks familiar, it’s probably because the accessory holds a special place in the royal family’s heart.

Yesterday, the Princess Royal, 70, stepped out for a public appearance at the CambCol Labs in Littleport, England. During the outing, Princess Anne wore a red poppy brooch that caught our attention for all the right reasons.

The red poppy brooch is in honor of Remembrance Day. (The annual U.K. holiday falls on November 11 and marks the end of World War I. The artificial flower has been used since 1921 to commemorate military members who have died in war.)

Princess Anne paired the brooch with a navy-blue skirt suit, black knee-high boots and a white face mask. She styled her hair in her signature bouffant updo (natch).

The royal family shared two photos from the event on its official Twitter account. The caption read, “Today The Princess Royal visited the staff at the @Camb_Col laboratories. While the scientists normally develop products which are used to dress wounds, HRH heard how they are now producing hand sanitizer instead, in response to the pandemic.”

Although Remembrance Day isn’t for another week, the royal family is known for wearing red poppy brooches in the days leading up to the festivities. Last year, the accessory was seen on the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton and even Meghan Markle.

If you need us, we’ll be keeping a tallying of this year’s poppy brooch sightings.