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Remember the horses …

Posted on by royvickery |

Wreath at the base of the Cenotaph, Whitehall, London, photographed 16 March 2022: ‘To remember the horse’s [sic.] that fell with the men’.

The artificial flowers appear to be cornflowers, Centaurea cyanus, which are worn in France in remembrance of service people who died during the World Wars, and in the United Kingdom were associated with the Ypres League, which commemorated the 50,000 British troops  slaughtered during the various battles of Ypres between October 1914 and October 1918.  The League existed from 1920 until the 1940s.

Cornflowers are also worn at equestrian events, especially coach-driving, a tradition which is said to have started during the reign of George III (1760-1820).

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