• Duchess Kate and Prince William appeared at the UN climate conference (COP26)
  • Kate wore an elegant blue dress and a special badge
  • This is what's behind the poppy

This year's UN Climate Change Conference took place on November 1st in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to heads of government such as Angela Merkel (67) and Joe Biden (78), important members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative and the winners of the Earthshot Prize, Duchess Kate (39) and Prince William (39) were also present at the conference.

While William, who started the Earthshot Prize, appeared in an elegant suit, Kate wore a beautiful blue coat dress by Eponine. Her hair was pinned back and the look was rounded off with silver earrings and a very special badge. The pin she wore was a pretty poppy flower.

Duchess Kate: This is behind her poppy flower brooch

Even Duchess Kate's husband, with whom she recently fell in love with more than ever, and others in attendance at the UN Climate Change Conference wore similar pins badges. The reason for this is a movement called Poppy Appeal. This has been around for 100 years and is a Royal British Legion project to express support for the military.

Every year, when the campaign takes place, donations are raised which then go directly to members of the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force, as well as to veterans and family members. To show their appreciation for the efforts of the Poppy Appeal, Duchess Kate and Prince William have a box of paper poppies set up in front of Kensington Palace. Passers-by can then take one of the poppies out of the box.

The Cambridge Royals published a video on their official Instagram account showing how the box is set up and how someone takes out one of the flowers over and over again. Below the video reads: "We are helping every poppy count as the 2021 #PoppyAppeal launches, and sharing poppies with the public on behalf of Kensington Palace. Look out for your local collector and donate to help raise vital funds to support the Armed Forces community."

If you wonder why poppies became the symbol of the movement: "The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future, and its story dates back 100 years," the Royal British Legion explains on Instagram. As part of the Poppy Appeal, the poppies are sold across the UK. The Poppy Campaign also exists in Canada, a country of the commonwealth in which they wear poppies up until Remembrance Day on November 11th. 

The project seems to be very close to the hearts of Prince William and Duchess Kate. Last year, the two of them, together with their children Prince George (8), Princess Charlotte (6) and Prince Louis (3), baked cupcakes decorated with poppies. A few hours before the UN climate conference, William and Kate also met a group of young boy scouts. Together they talked about what young people can do to protect the climate.