The Princess of York took to Instagram to share a photo of the letter, which she wrote on Nov. 10, the day members of the Royal Family joined the Queen at the cenotaph in Whitehall for Remembrance Sunday services.
“We will always remember the enormous sacrifice so many gave today and everyday,” she wrote in the letter. “We write to honour the fallen men and women from across the world that gave their lives so that we could be free. Lest we forget, Eugenie.”
Sarah Ferguson’s daughter drew a poppy on the note and also adorned it with a poppy brooch. She included a quote from English poet John Maxwell Edmonds : “When you go home, tell them of us and say/For your tomorrow, we gave our today.”
The quote can be found on an epitaph at the War Cemetery in Kohima, India the final resting place of many soldiers who fell during the Battle of Kohima in 1944. This year marks the 75 th anniversary of that battle, which saw British, Indian and Nepalese forces defending India against an attempted invasion from the Axis forces. It is often called the “Stalingrad of the East” and was named one of Britain’s “greatest battles” by the National Army Museum in 2013.
Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Duchess Kate, Prince William, Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, the Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Laurence , Princess Anne’s husband, joined the Queen for Remembrance Sunday services on Nov. 10. The day before, they were present with Her Majesty for the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall in London. It was the first time the Cambridges and Sussexes have attended a royal engagement together since July.
The Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the cenotaph in the Queen’s stead. This is the second year in a row Her Majesty has given him that duty and opted to watch the ceremony from a balcony.