Pixie Lott turns soldier for the day as she heads to an RAF base to launch this year"s Poppy Appeal

Getting behind our boys: Pixie Lott turns soldier for the day as she heads to an RAF base to launch this year's Poppy Appeal

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15:22 GMT, 24 October 2012

You're more likely to see her on the dancefloor than on a training field, but Pixie Lott swapped her stilettos for Army boots on Wednesday.

She might be known for her upbeat pop songs and nights out, but the young singer revealed her serious side as an ambassador of the Royal British Legion.

The popstar stopped by RAF Northolt in London to kickstart this year's Poppy Appeal and meet the soldiers and their families.

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One of the boys: Pixie Lott chats to the troops as as she launches this year's Poppy appeal

One of the boys: Pixie Lott chats to the troops as as she launches this year's Poppy appeal

Wearing a beige mac and a red tea-dress, Pixie got into the spirit of things by adding a grey military beret and practicing a salute with the soldiers.

Chatting the troops, the blonde star seemed to be having a great time as she laughed and joked with everyone

The Mama Do star even grabbed a bayonet before watching a demonstration by the Queen's Colour Squadron RAF regiment.

Salute: Pixie gets into the spirit of things by practicing a proper salute with the soldiers

Salute: Pixie gets into the spirit of things by practicing a proper salute with the soldiers

Ambassador: The blonde popstar looks proud to be doing her bit to launch the appeal

Ambassador: The blonde popstar looks proud to be doing her bit to launch the appeal

Ambassador: The blonde popstar looks proud to be doing her bit to launch the appeal

Doing it for her family: Pixie's grandad and great-grandad were both served the country in the armed forces

Doing it for her family: Pixie's grandad and great-grandad were both served the country in the armed forces

The 21-year-old decided to back the campaign as her grandad served with the Royal Navy and her great-grandad was in the Royal Marines Light Infantry.

She told The Sun that she'd had a great day but was surprised by the age of all the troops:

'What struck me the most was how young they all were. It's amazing the selfless commitment – their bravery is beyond words. That's why I'm standing shoulder to shoulder with our brave boys and girls.'

Video: Pixie Lott takes a trip to RAF Northolt to meet soldiers and their families

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Helping out: Alesha Dixon visits a gym to chat to injured soldiers as part of the Poppy Appeal

Helping out: Alesha Dixon visits a gym to chat to injured soldiers as part of the Poppy Appeal

Giving it a go: Alesha tries a spot of archery as she mixes with injured shoulders

Giving it a go: Alesha tries a spot of archery as she mixes with injured shoulders

Fellow popstar Alesha Dixon is also backing the appeal and visited a gym to chat to injured soldiers while promoting the appeal.

Both singers then headed to Trafalgar Square after visiting the troops to headline a free concert to officially launch this year's appeal.

London gig: Pixie Lott headlines a a free concert in central London to officially launch the Poppy Appeal

London gig: Pixie Lott headlines a a free concert in central London to officially launch the Poppy Appeal

London gig: Pixie Lott headlines a a free concert in central London to officially launch the Poppy Appeal

Giving it her all: Pixie performs on stage following her trip to visit the troops and their families

Giving it her all: Pixie performs on stage following her trip to visit the troops and their families

Pixie changed out of her Army gear and donned a conservative, black, spotted dress with a pair of small black heels.

She added a smart, retro style jacket with a fur-trimmed collar and painted her nails deep red, evoking old school glamour.

Pixie's boyfriend Oliver Cheshire looked proud as he watched on from the side of the stage, cheering on his girlfriend.

Proud boyfriend: Oliver Cheshire watches his girlfriend from beside the stage after her day with the troops

Proud boyfriend: Oliver Cheshire watches his girlfriend from beside the stage after her day with the troops

Proud boyfriend: Oliver Cheshire watches his girlfriend from beside the stage after her day with the troops