Do you wear your poppy on the left or the right?

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Remembrance Sunday is approaching and poppies are on sale to raise money for the Royal British Legion. But what is the etiquette when it comes to wearing one?

Worn to remember the nation’s war dead, the red poppy is a widely recognised emblem. Most people wear their poppy on their coats/jackets, so people can see them when they’re out and about.

Generally, people start wearing them from mid-October, although the official poppy campaign doesn’t normally start until the penultimate week of October. This is when most people start wearing them, although some wait until the start of November before pinning theirs on.

There has been an age long debate, on what is the correct way to wear your poppy.

Some people say left, as it’s worn over the heart. It is also where military medals are worn. Others say only the Queen and Royal Family are allowed to wear a poppy on the right, which isn’t true. Then there is the school of thought that says men should wear theirs on the left and women on the right, as is the traditional custom with a badge or brooch. And some say the leaf should be pointing to 11 0’clock to represent the 11th hour on the 11th day.

The Royal British Legion said ‘There is no right or wrong lapel, no right or wrong leaf position, no right or wrong time of day, no right or wrong start date. The best way to wear a poppy, is to wear it with pride.’

Do you wear a poppy?  When do you start wearing your poppy?  Do you wear it on the left, the right or whatever takes your fancy? Did you know Scotland has its own poppy and supports Poppy Scotland?

Do you wear your poppy on the left or the right?

1021 people have already voted, what's your opinion? ON THE LEFT ON THE RIGHT

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major red
19th Aug 2016
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allways over my heart
4th Dec 2015
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Does it really matter what side you wear your poppy on!!!
That you are wearing it shows your support for The Royal British Legion poppy appeal to support their various charitable works.
I noted that Her Majesty the Queen wore her poppy on the left
at the Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance.
9th Nov 2015
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I read somewhere that men should wear their poppy on the left & that women should wear theirs on the right. Also, the green leaf represents regrowth & renewal, & should point to 11 to represent the the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
11th Nov 2015
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I agree with jentie51. I personally wear mine on the right I was told as a child to follow the way ladies button their coats when wearing a broach.
9th Nov 2015
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I was told many years ago, ladies on the right ,men on the left, with the leaf at the eleven o'clock position.
8th Nov 2015
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I read somewhere recently that women should wear their poppy on the left, which I did anyway and also the leaf should lie at 11.00 o'clock !
7th Nov 2015
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I have always worn my poppy on the right, not sure why, maybe it's because I'm right handed or maybe that is what my mother would have told me to do
Jo Kingham
3rd Nov 2015
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Left for me,that's if I can find somewhere to buy them. It seems to get harder and harder as each year passes.
2nd Nov 2015
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When I was in the Royal Air Force, Left is the side they made you wear the poppy on.
1st Nov 2015
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Because I work for Greater Manchester Police I have to wear it where my uniform lets me as I have my utility vest on and my radio on the left of my body I have to wear my poppy either in the middle or on the right of my chest.
It's is something that is decided for me! It doesn't matter as long as you wear it with pride!
1st Nov 2015
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feel sure it would not offend anybody if you wore it left or right, as long as you wear one, and pay due respect for those who gave all, for us,R.I.P. and thank you xxx
1st Nov 2015
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If l wear one on my clothing then on the left above my heart. However this year because l constantly change coats have put mine on my bag.And l've made 2 a red one and a purple one.
31st Oct 2015
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I would love one for myself as I live alone and have had two falls this year, I am unable to get up because of my replacement knees and my state pension doesn't allow for luxuries!
30th Oct 2015
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I always buy one but I never wear it.
29th Oct 2015
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Always buy and wear our poppies,though only a few days before. Getting harder each year to find where they are being sold! Our daughter bought us a ceramic one from the Tower last Christmas-it's displayed in our hearth as a constant reminder.......
29th Oct 2015
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What does it matter where you wear your poppy as long as you wear one. over the years I have got tired of losing my poppy within hours of pinning it on. I do think after all this time a better fastening than a tacking pin would have been made. I have now invested in a 'Brooch Poppy'. I just hope those that have reverted to these always remember put money in the collecting boxes each year.
28th Oct 2015
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Even though I am left handed, I wear my poppy on the right. I think its fantastic that most people buy one, although I still think we have some way to go with helping our current service men and women.

For service people in the US, they have all sorts of special prices and discounts for products and services. Its just a small way of saying thank you, for those who put their live's on the line for us.
28th Oct 2015
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I totally agree with your sentiments about looking after our servicemen. The troops in the US seem to be really looked after with special deals everywhere. We should do the same in all major shops/supermarkets etc. in the UK. these guys are heroes and need to be looked after whether they are still serving or have retired
28th Oct 2015
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I have to say it depends on what I am wearing - but probably on my left as I am right handed so it is easier to pin it on - but ALWASY with pride!!!!
28th Oct 2015
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My poppy is always worn in my left lapel when I am wearing a jacket or if a casual jacket in the zip fastener. Where you wear your poppy is irrelevant-just buy one and wear it!
28th Oct 2015
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I always wear it with pride. I went to the Tower of London last October with all the poppies in the moat and have to say it was incredibly moving. I have never seen such an incredible but sad sight. We bought one of the ceramic poppies and it sits in a lovely vase in our house in pride of place. I always think that it represents just one of our chaps from WW1. So sad.

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