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Why Are British Celebs Donning Red Flower Pins?

Why Are British Celebs Donning Red Flower Pins?

They’re on the red carpets and worn by stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. So what exactly are those red pins?

Turns out they’re red poppies and not necessarily the latest fashion accessory!

Instead, it’s tradition to wear the pins to commemorate Remembrance Day (or Veterans Day as it’s known in the United States) in Britain, Canada, Australia, and other countries with ties to Queen Elizabeth.

Check out other celebs like Cheryl Cole, Ben Barnes, and J.K. Rowling proudly wearing the pins!

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74 Responses to “Why Are British Celebs Donning Red Flower Pins?”

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  1. 1
    Bee Says:

    Surprise! Im british so i already knew that!! Haha and like these british celebs i wear mine proudly. Its from the poem “the roe of poppies”..

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    Zoe Says:

    Remembrance Day is on November 11 to commemorate the end of WWI. I can’t believe Americans don’t recognize the poppy symbol.

  3. 3
    susie Says:

    Oh Americans not knowing silly things like this!

    Or in Canada, “In Flanders Fields.”

  4. 4
    Natalie Says:

    I thought Americans wore it too, I guess I learned something new today. Isn’t Emma wearing it on the wrong side though?

  5. 5
    em Says:

    I thought it was pretty obvious why they were wearing poppies. .

  6. 6
    true Says:

    How ignorant. Who didn’t know that.

  7. 7
    Ruth Says:

    It signals the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, the end of World War One. At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

    Armistance Day was renamed Remembrance Day at the end of WW2.

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    Faye Says:

    It is also now used to remember not just those who gave their lives in the First World War, but every other conflict that has involved British, Canadian and Australian troops. All the more bittersweet in recent times as we are tragically losing troops in Afghanistan on a daily basis. Wearing a poppy simply shows your support and gratitude to those brave souls who risk (and lose) their lives so that we back home have a chance for a better future.

  9. 9
    Hell Naw Says:


    um, some of those “brave souls are/ were murderers and rapists fyi. it’s the truth. deal.

  10. 10
    lylian Says:

    @Hell Naw:
    War changes everyone into murderers and rapists and what have you. In order for an ordinary person to kill another ordinary person you must first be made to believe that your enemy is out to get you – you fan the paranoia within each of us, then you get the man to hate the person you think is threatening you. Then you make your enemy less than human. Your enemy is a rat, a cockroach, a monster or a weirdo – and all in all, to be exterminated.
    When it comes to rape, rape is about power. If you fan paranoia and hate and make your enemy less than human, then rape is about extermination, showing your disrespect of your enemy, showing that you have POWER over your enemy.
    Yet, these same men and women, when the war is over, or when they are weary of war, start to realise that their enemy is really just like them. Seeking peace, a chance to raise their family, a chance to have love and good things in life. I think they look back at their lives during the war and it must be like waking up from a nightmare, except the guilt or the self justification, never quite goes away.
    That’s why we all have to be careful who we choose as our leaders. We have to think for ourselves. We must ask ourselves, does this leader try to fan the hate of people different to ourselves – be the differences religious or sexual or gender based or race based?
    Be very careful of these leaders who do that. Think for yourself. Read, consider different arguments. And most of all, do not succumb to paranoia and hate.

  11. 11
    Tom Cruising Says:

    @Hell Naw:

    You utter moron. What an utterly inappropriate comment. Grow up.

  12. 12
    marie Says:

    Excuse me Bee, but that “the roe of poppies” thing is a compete nonsense!

    Even a french girl like me knows that the poem is “In Flanders Fields”, you should have known better as a brit.

  13. 13
    Jess Says:

    No ****. I can’t believe Americans know nothing about other countries and cultures.

  14. 14
    British Says:

    I find it shocking that their has to be a specific topic to inform people what the poppies symbolise. They’ve been worn at this time every year for a long long time.

    And yes, Emma Watson is wearing hers on the wrong side as its meant to be next to your heart but it’s not a big deal…those on X Factor were wearing them on their wrist! At least she is wearing one…

  15. 15
    jenny Says:

    @Hell Naw: THANK YOU!!!!!

  16. 16
    bebe Says:

    “Turns out they’re red poppies and not necessarily the latest fashion accessory”

    really jared. lmao cant believe anyone would have ever thought that. I’m surprise Americans don’t wear it they were part of that war.

  17. 17
    cindy lu Says:

    I’m surprised that Americans don’t do the poppy thing’ but I did see Robert Downey Jr wear one at Due date premiere somewhere

  18. 18
    Femail Says:

    Just because this blog does’nt know about the red poppies doesn’t mean the rest of America is clueless.

  19. 19
    Angie Says:

    Really JJ?
    I’m from PERU and I knew what the poppies meant

  20. 20
    jesse Says:

    Jared, sometimes you say the most embarrassing things!

  21. 21
    Wembley Says:

    @bebe: Well the US didn’t throw away a whole generation of men in that war.

  22. 22
    Clare Says:

    Wow, what a fantastically inappropriate comment! Thousands of young men sacrificed themselves for their country during 2 World Wars, including American soldiers, and thousands of men and women continue to do it today. You have a lot to thank them for.

  23. 23
    Marianne Says:

    Did you seriously have to ask about what those “red pins” are??

  24. 24
    M Says:

    I had no clue what those pins were before I read it somewhere yesterday – I think it’s perfectly alright for JJ to explain the poppies.

  25. 25
    Aileen Says:

    I can’t believe this actually got published!! British people know all about American customs and holidays and posts like this just make it seem like the whole of America is oblivious to ours. Also, jared, did you not notice people wearing poppies EVERY year for like the past 90 years?! Ignorance like this is shocking

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