Queen visits Richmond for The Poppy Factory's 90th anniversary
PUBLISHED: 08:51 11 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:19 20 February 2013
Twenty years since her last visit, the Queen helped to mark the 90th anniversary of The Poppy Factory when she visited Richmond this week
Photos: Alex Griffiths
Twenty years since her last visit, the Queen helped to mark the 90th anniversary of The Poppy Factory when she visited Richmond this week.
Some 12 million poppies and 107,000 wreaths have been hand produced at The Poppy Factory in time for Remembrance Day this year.
The Queenwas welcomed by president of The Poppy Factory, Sara Jones, chairman Bernard Cook and chief executive Melanie Waters and then accompanied on a tour of the poppy production facility.
"We were extremely honouredthat in her very busyDiamondJubilee year, The Queen madetimeto visit us, said Melanie Waters, chief executive of The Poppy Factory.
Her Majesty spent an hour talking to all our employees at the factory as well as supporters and clients - wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women who we have assisted back into paid, meaningful civilian employment around the UK."
Ian Lindsay, who has been an employee of The Poppy Factory for 26 years,showed Her Majesty how to make one of the iconic red remembrance emblems.This special poppy has the Royal Cypher and will be kept in pride of place at Poppy Factory HQ.
Itwas the second time that the Queen visited the town in 2012, having attended an event at Richmond Park earlier this year as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.