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Thursday, 8 November, 2001, 12:50 GMT
Queen Mother attends memorial event
Queen Mother
The Queen Mother planted a cross at the service
The Queen Mother has attended a remembrance service in London, in her first public appearance in the capital since her birthday in August.

At a ceremony in Westminster Abbey, she planted a cross to mark the opening of the Field of Remembrance, before attending an open-air service in memory of Britain's war dead.

The Field of Remembrance is covered in thousands of crosses, Stars of David and Muslim crescents bearing scarlet poppies.

Accompanied by the Duke of Kent, she viewed the tributes and met veterans after the ceremony.

Members of the public will be able to visit the field - open until 15 November - to plant their own crosses in memory of loved ones who died in conflict.

Donations made from Little Remembrance Crosses will go towards the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal, which last year raised a record total of over 20m.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of both the Poppy Appeal and the beginning of the Legion's welfare and resettlement work for ex-servicemen.

Remembrance Day

Last month war veterans welcomed news that the Queen Mother hoped to attend Remembrance Day events.

It will be the first time in three years the Queen Mother has attended Remembrance Day.

The 101-year-old had an emergency blood transfusion for anaemia in August and has had health problems around 11 November for the last two years.

There were fears she could miss this year but Clarence House announced she hoped to "witness" the ceremony at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day.

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