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Meghan hugs a Poppie at tribute to the fallen

Salute to the
navy: Meghan
yesterday in
her navy blue
coat and
matching
velvet hat PICTURES: PA

THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex honoured Britain’s war dead during a poignant ceremony in London yesterday.

Harry and Meghan visited Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance to lay miniature crosses and observe a two-minute silence as the chimes of Big Ben faded away.

Paying tribute: The duke and duchess at the service, and (below) Meghan meeting a veteran soldier

The duchess, 38, wore a navy blue Sentaler coat over black boots and a velvet hat with a hint of a veil as she and her husband chatted to D-Day veterans and those who served in more recent conflicts.

There was special treatment for eight-year-old Poppie Hutton from Armagh, Northern Ireland, who was with her grandparents at the plot commemorating the Royal Irish Regiment.

Andrea McMahon, the military unit’s assistant regimental secretary, said: ‘Poppie was hoping to get cuddles from them and we knew how much Harry loves children.

‘When we explained that she wanted a hug they both came over and did it.’

Ms McMahon also asked the duchess about how she found being a mum to six-month-old Archie.

She added: ‘Meghan said the experience was wonderful and she was really enjoying it, and having a great time.’