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Field of scarlet: Duke, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry visit WWI poppy memorial

Aug. 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM ET

Prince William and Duchess Kate visited a dramatic installation Tuesday of red ceramic poppies spilling from the Tower of London to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

Duchess Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry visit the Tower of London's "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" ceramic poppy installation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
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Duchess Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry visit the Tower of London's "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" ceramic poppy installation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Prince Harry joined the royal couple as they toured the Tower grounds to view the installation, “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.” 

So far, about 120,000 ceramic poppies have been “planted” in the field, but more will be added in the next few months until there are 888,246 — one for each of the British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the war.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 05:  Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge adds a ceramic poppy watched by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Lord Da...
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Duchess Kate adds a ceramic poppy to the installation.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walk through an installation entitled 'Blood Swept...
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Duchess Kate, who added a poppy to the installation, was seen at one point wiping away a tear as she made her way through the grounds.

The final ceramic poppy will be placed on Nov. 11, Armistice Day.  

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 05:  A ceramic poppy is on display with others at The Tower of London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' ceramic po...
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One of the ceramic poppies on display at the Tower of London.

The royal trio also met with the installation's designer, Paul Cummins, during their tour. The Tower of London represented a key part of the city’s defense system during the war, when it first served as a recruitment station and, later, as a prison.

Britain's Duke of Cambridge Prince William, center, his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry visit a ceramic poppy art inst...
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