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103-year-old Rosemary Powell dies just nine days after receiving her MBE from The Queen

The world’s longest-serving poppy seller, Rosemary Powell, has died at the age of 103 her family have said.

Mrs Powell had volunteered for the Royal British Legion for 97 years – starting as a poppy seller in 1921.

She passed away on 15th August – just nine days after receiving an MBE to recognise almost a century of charity work.

Mrs Powell was unable to travel to Buckingham Palace to collect the aware herself, so a special ceremony was held at her nursing home in Chiswick where the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Colonel Jane Davis, bestowed the honour on behalf of The Queen.

The 103-year-old was the oldest recipient in the 2018 Birthday Honours list receiving an MBE for her charitable service.

A spokesperson for The Royal British Legion described Rosemary as being an “exceptional woman” and a “true role model”.

“Rosemary’s dedication to the Legion, and to the Poppy Appeal, over 97 years was nothing short of remarkable,” the spokesperson said.

“She was an exceptional role model and her passion and dedication will be missed by us all at the charity.

“The presentation of her MBE was a fitting tribute to a woman whose volunteering and fundraising efforts will be spoken about for generations to come.

“We will be forever in debt to Rosemary for her efforts which have literally helped to support thousands of Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their families over the generations.

“In this centenary year of World War One, it is fitting that we thank Rosemary and her family for her incredible and unmatched years of selfless service.”

She is survived by three sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.