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Thu 23rd November, 2017
 

Royal Family attend the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall

This evening, the Royal Family were out in force to attend the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, on Armistice Day. The Queen led her relatives in commemoration, joined by joined by her husband, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and other members of the Royal Family.

British royals attend the 2017 Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall (C/ @PoppyLegion Twitter)

The event is a significant one in the British military calendar, and pays tribute to those who have served in the armed forces. This year’s event pays particular tribute to those who fell at the Battle of Passchendaele, as 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle.

As is tradition, the Royals watched the festival from the Royal box balcony overlooking the rest of the guests. Prince Andrew, Duke of York was in attendance, as was The Earl and Countess of Wessex. Princess Anne and husband Tim Laurence also attended the Festival, despite having been in Belgium earlier in the day to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate, and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were among the family members on the balcony, with Prince Richard having led the Armistice service at the at the National Memorial Arboretum. Siblings The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra also sat in the royal box.
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The Royal Family, all wearing black and the poppy emblem, was joined by British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband, plus other political leaders. Veterans and family members also formed a significant part of the audience, including the Chelsea pensioners.

The Festival of Remembrance featured  performances by singers such as Melanie C and Alfie Boe, music from military bands and readings of famous poetry or literature associated with various battles. Harrowing witness accounts from the Battle of Passchendaele formed part of this year’s show and Sir Tim Laurence, as Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, read a lesson during the festival.

All divisions of the armed forces are represented at the Festival, with representatives from varying ranks present.

In addition to acknowledging those who served in previous battles, the Festival of Remembrance also paid tribute to members of the armed forces who have helped the public in other situations. Various videos discussed the role that the British military has played in the aid effort following hurricanes in the Caribbean earlier this year. There was also recognition for two off-duty members of the Armed Forces who saved Richard Livett’s life during the London terror attack in June.

The Duke of York and the Duchess of Cambridge watch the 2017 Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, with the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in the row behind

With three cheers for Her Majesty as head of the Armed Forces, the ceremony came to a close.

The Royal Family will be in attendance at the cenotaph in London tomorrow for the Remembrance service. This will also be a significant occasion, as Prince Charles will lay a wreath on behalf of The Queen, who will not be taking part in this year’s cenotaph service, but will join her husband on the balcony to watch the ceremony instead.

Her Majesty The Queen at this year’s Festival of Remembrance

If you will be at the cenotaph tomorrow, don’t forget to read our guide to attending Remembrance Sunday.

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<p>Olivia is currently studying International Business Management and Spanish at Heriot Watt University. She has always had a keen interest in British history, particularly the Royal Family – Henry VIII and his crazy marital life being a personal favourite. Olivia also loves fashion, which means that The Countess of Wessex and The Duchess of Cambridge feature highly among her favourite royals. Due to a year spent studying in Madrid, Olivia also has an interest in the Spanish Royal Family, especially Queen Letizia</p>

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  • Where was CAMILLAs poppy???

    • Hi Justine; under her jacket. Princess Anne’s is also not visible because of the shawl she is wearing.

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