Despite rumors of drama, the royals—including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle—have been getting together a lot lately to carry out different family engagements and services. A day ago they all appeared alongside one another for the Festival of Remembrance Service at Royal Albert Hall, an event that honors the efforts of soldiers in WWII. The commemorations continued on Sunday, when the whole family united again for a wreath-laying Remembrance Day ceremony on the balcony of London’s Cenotaph war memorial.
Kate took her place next to the queen, wearing all-black like the rest of the guests. However, she’d pinned one important tribute to her elegant military coat: a small red brooch in the shape of a poppy, a keepsake that was made to honor the codebreakers who worked for the Allies during the war. Kate’s grandmother Valerie Glassborow was among the Allied cryptologists who helped decipher messages at the Bletchley Park mansion in the U.K. that became the center for code-breaking, according to the Daily Mail.
A few feet away, Markle also stood in all black, adding a chic wide-brimmed hat to her ensemble. People have speculated that she didn’t sit near the queen and Kate Middleton because of reported feuds, but really, years of tradition actually dictate exactly where each royal sits. (Markle also sat apart last year, so there’s precedent for this.) Because the balconies at the memorial site can hold only three to four people, the royal rank, depending on the line of succession, determines where everyone is placed. Since Markle and Prince Harry are farther down the succession line, Markle stood next to Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Sir Timothy Laurence, the husband of Princess Anne.
Prince Harry and Prince William, meanwhile, participated in the wreath-laying proceedings, joining Prince Andrew of York in laying poppies in honor of fallen soldiers. It’s a pretty serious event, and the brothers carried out their duties with gravity, showing that they’re not letting gossip get in the way of their jobs.