The Queen Was Greeted By A Sea Of Knitted And Crocheted Poppies
The impressive display of knitted and crocheted poppies is on display on the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.
The display has been created by Melbourne women Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight. They worked along with designer Philip Johnson.
“This has been an incredible and personal journey for us, we started out making this tribute for our fathers, both our fathers fought in World War II,” Ms Berry said.
In total, 50,000 people were involved in knitting, crocheting and handcrafting the flowers that were part of the stunning landscape.
“And it was just a tiny, tiny little tribute and it’s grown now to 300,000 poppies from around the world, but it’s still a personal tribute for us.
Ms Knights highlight of the week was when she was able to talk to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Prince William.
The three Australians have been working on this project for three years. However, they didn’t get to see what it looked like in reality until the final day of setting up the display.
They described the experience so far as a roller-coaster. They have been speaking non-stop to people about the meaning behind the display. Often people would become very emotional as the tribute meant a lot to them.
Once the show is finished, the plan is to take a portion of the poppies back to Australia. However, they are hoping to raise the funds to take the poppies to France. They want to be there for the anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles.
“You know for us that’s what it’s all about, it’s about respect and honour and remembrance.
“And so we’ve loved every part of this journey so far, but to actually take it to the battlefields of France would be absolutely amazing.”
Watch this video coverage from Australian News 7 showing the event.