PHOTOS: Why Are British Celebs Wearing Red Flower Pins?

This morning a good friend asked us if we knew why Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were all wearing “red apple pins” at the premiere of the new Harry Potter movie, and we couldn’t give them a good answer. But after digging around for a little* while we figured out that those apples are actually poppies, and those poppies are worn to commemorate Remembrance Day (or what we here in the States call Veterans Day) in Britain, Canada, Australia and other such places with ties to Queen Elizabeth II.

It all ties back to a poem written during World War I called In Flanders Fields. Poppies had a tendency to burst from the ground near the battlefields and cemeteries of WWI soldiers in Flanders. When a Canadian lieutenant colonel memorialized his friend’s death in a poem, the bright red flowers were an inescapable part of his imagery. Now, wearing these pins on and close to Remembrance Day is a tradition observed all over the world.

It’s a somber accessory, to be sure, but it’s also a whole lot more meaningful than most of the purses and jewels we dream of owning every day, and because of that, we don’t think they’ll ever go out of style.

*Ed Note: This can also be translated as, “Asking one of the many Canadians in the MediaGridStyleSystem offices.”

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