Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" poppy installation at the Tower of London. Symbolising British and colonial fatalities in World War I, it will eventually consist of nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies.
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8.4 Tower of London marks World War I with dramatic poppy display
The Tower of London is marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I with a dramatic art installation using thousands of ceramic poppies surrounding the battlements. Poppies have long been used as a symbol to remember those killed in conflict, particularly during the two world wars that consumed Europe during the last century.
Around 888,246 ceramic poppies are being "planted" in the dry moat surrounding the Tower of London in an installation created by artist Paul Cummins. One poppy is being planted for each of the British military personnel who perished in the conflict, which began in August 1914.
The moving tribute to Britain's military casualties is due to be completed by November 11, 2014 -- the day that commemorates the anniversary of the 1918 cease-fire on the conflict's Western Front and those who perished.