Armistice Day: Tower of London poppies captured by drone camera

The amazing footage was released by the Historic Royal Palaces following this weekend's Remembrance Day commemorations

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A moving video has been released that captures the Tower of London’s ceramic poppy installation from the air by using a remote controlled drone.

The video which was released by the Historic Royal Palaces this weekend shows footage captured by drone of the Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red installation that has seen an estimated 4 million people visit since the first ceramic poppy was planted on 5 August.

In the video, we see amazing aerial shots of the 888,246 poppies that have been a fixture at the Tower of London for the past four months.

The video comes after hundreds of thousands of visitors travelled to the installation this weekend as part of Remembrance Weekend ceremonies.

Video: Watch the moving video below  

On Remembrance Sunday, a large group gathered around the Tower of London to take part in a two-minute silence in commemoration of the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women since the First World War.

Also present was Prime Minister David Cameron who said of the poppy installation “ in a very short space of time it has become a much loved and respected monument.”

The exhibition entitled Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red, is the work of Derbyshire-based ceramic artist Paul Cummins, and was set up to commemorate the 100 years since the beginning of the First World War with each poppy representing each British and Commonwealth death during the conflict.

It has become an extremely popular attraction to visit in London, and has even led to some campaigners calling for the installation to be kept at the Tower of London for a longer period of time.

However, a decision has been made to dismantle the installation and instead take parts of the installation to areas across the country.

On Wednesday, one day after Armistice Day, a team of 8,000 volunteers will begin dismantling the poppies, ahead of a planned nationwide tour that will see smaller installations set up temporarily across the UK.

It is expected that the last poppy will be taken away down from the Tower of London in three weeks’ time.

The tour will last until 2018, where the poppies will be used for two permanent installations at the Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester.

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