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Royals pay tribute at Royal Albert Hall in Festival of Remembrance


The Prince of Wales, politicians and members of the Royal Family have paid tribute to those who died in conflict, at the Festival of Remembrance.

The annual event at London’s Royal Albert Hall was attended by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but not by the Queen.

On Remembrance Sunday, however, she is expected to attend the Cenotaph.

This year’s event marked the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

The festival was dedicated to those from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth who have served and sacrificed their lives.

PM Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer attended the event, as did the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Alexandra Burke sang at the festival

The Royal Marines fanfare team led the way, followed by members of the Royal British Legion carrying blue and gold standards.

The blue represents loyalty and fidelity, while the gold represents a trial by fire.

Alfie Boe, Cynthia Erico, Gregory Porter, Ramin Karimloo, and Alexandra Burke performed alongside the HM Royal Marines Band, the Royal Air Force Band, the Bach Choir, and the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir.

Poet Tomos Roberts, also known as Tomfoolery

Poet Tomos Roberts, also known as Tomfoolery, delivered an emotional performance of his specially commissioned poem to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

When The Last Post rang out in the theatre, there was a solemn atmosphere, and during the minutes of silence, poppy petals fell from the ceiling.

Poppies fell from the ceiling during the minutes of silence

The service concluded with traditional prayers and hymns, followed by a performance of God Save the Queen.

The festival pays tribute to military personnel, both past and present, for their service and dedication in defending our liberties and way of life.

The monarch was not expected to attend the event with the other royals because doctors had advised her to rest until mid-November following medical checks in hospital last month, according to Buckingham Palace.

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