Holly Willoughby has found herself on the business end of some criticism for the way in which she has been wearing her poppy to commemorate Remembrance Day, but is there really a right and a wrong way to wear a poppy?
The This Morning presenter is one of millions of people around the country at this time of year wearing a poppy on their clothing in honour of Remembrance Day, to commemorate those who lost their lives during World War One. The poppy also acts as a symbol for those who have lost their lives in wars throughout the centuries.
Appearing alongside her co-host Phillip Schofield, the Celebrity Juice star was wearing a poppy with her stylish outfits, however some fans have called out the presenter for not wearing the poppy correctly on her clothes, with the poppy on the wrong side and the green leaf pointing in the wrong direction.
One fan shared on social media: “Love the outfit but your poppy should be on the right, with the green leaf pointing to 11.”
Another commented: “Your poppy needs to go over to the right side of your dress.”
Others however have defended Holly, with one person writing: “It’s a myth on which side it’s meant to be worn, most go with the left as it’s over their heart and yes 11 facing is nice but the Great British leigon would agree that everyone has their own preferences (the Scottish poppy has no leaf) on wearing the poppy but more importantly those that wear it are wearing it with PRIDE and Holly is doing just that xxx”
So with people seemingly disagreeing over the matter, exactly what is the right way to wear a poppy?
The British Leigon’s website states: “There is no right or wrong way to wear a poppy. It is a matter of personal choice whether an individual chooses to wear a poppy and also how they choose to wear it.
“Some wear it on the left side of their body, as this is close to the heart, while others suggest that men wear it in their left lapel (similar to a boutonnière) and women wear it on the right (similar to a brooch).
“There’s also a myth that only members of the Royal Family are allowed to wear theirs on the right – this isn’t true.”
They add: “However, none of these are the ‘correct’ way to wear your poppy. The best way to wear one is simply with pride.”
Nicole Scherzinger was also in the news recently for similar reasons, as she was spotted without a poppy on Sunday’s episode of X Factor, before quickly pinning one on her white floor-length dress after receiving all sorts of flack on social media.
Though she did look stunning in her white floor length gown, fans were quick to spot that she, unlike her fellow judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, was not wearing a poppy.
The former Pussycat Doll was branded “disrespectful” by some fans.
One user posted: “Anybody else noticed Nicole hasn’t got a poppy on show a bit disrespectful as all other judges have there’s on.”
Another wrote: “So she’s not British, I still think that being in the public eye and being on live British TV Nicole should be wearing a poppy! #xfactor2017.”
While a third wrote: “@ITV can you explain why Nicole is not wearing a poppy on Xfactor”
Another commented: “Why is Nicole not wearing a poppy on X Factor??? Find it disrespectful”
And another said: “#SimonCowell can you nip out in the ad break and get Nicole a poppy? Badly Knitted Girl seems to have forgotten one!”
Scherzinger was later spotted wearing a poppy on the show, with a spokesperson insisting that the badge she was wearing on her gown well off as she made her way to the stage.
“Nicole’s poppy fell off her outfit on the walk to the stage,” they said.
“She was alerted during the recording and put a poppy on during the break. Nicole has been wearing a poppy over the past week, including the Saturday show.”
A lot of celebrities in the public eye have been keen to avoid controversy when it comes to the wearing of the poppy, and such was the case when Boyzone’s Keith Duffy struggled to pin his poppy to his shirt during a chaotic interview on Good Morning Britain.
Eager to avoid any scrutiny regarding Keith not wearing the commemorative symbol on his jacket, ITV’s Susanna Reid was quick to point out to the viewers at home that he was having a bit of difficulty getting it on, as she said: “I’d just like to point out you are holding your poppy in your hand because you can’t quite get it in the pin this morning.”
But unable to get the poppy on his label, Keith ended up holding it on his jacket, saying, as Brian McFadden, who was also there for the interview and who was trying to help him attach the poppy to his jacket, with not much success, said: “Just hold it there like that.”
Admitting defeat, as he was unable to attach it, Keith said: “I will just hold it there like that.”
Though the pair were there to discuss their upcoming UK tour, viewers at home were far more preoccupied with the drama going on with Keith’s jacket and poppy, and took to Twitter to voice their bemusement.
One user posted: “@officialkeith wear your poppy with pride, i bet you could have bitten your tongue !! #goodmorningbritain.”
Another said: “Where @officialkeith poppy this morning?” as a third quizzed: “No poppy?”
One then commented: “Bracing myself for the Keith Duffy poppy outrage on #GMB in 3..2..1..”
Others commented on their bubbly and “hyper” as some put it, personalities, with one putting: “These two are hyper” and another adding: “Like a whirlwind those two x”
One suggested: “Is keith duffy drunk?? @GMB Entertaining though!!” as a GMB fan rounded off with: “@GMB is it me or is @BrianMcFadden and @keithduffy a bit tipsy this morning! #hareofthedog lol ”
It’s clear to see what there is a lot of controversy surrounding the wearing of poppies at the moment, but I think it’s safe to say that so long as you wear it with pride, and wear it as a sign of respect for those who died for our right to live in a free world, then it doesn’t really matter how you wear it.