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Princes William & Harry to miss Festival of Remembrance in favour of a rugby match

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will miss the annual Festival of Remembrance in favour of a rugby match.

Prince William, who will one day be Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces, will attend the Wales vs Australia match at Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

His younger brother, Prince Harry, will attend the England vs Argentina match at Twickenham Stadium in London.

The Duke is Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, and Harry is Patron of England Rugby.

However, with dozens of matches being played this year, questions are being raised as to why the two royals will miss the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

All other senior members of The Royal Family will be in attendance.

This includes the 91-year-old Queen and the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, alongside their four children.

Also present will be the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, Prince & Princess Michael of Kent, the Countess of Wessex and Sir Tim Laurence.

The Duke of Cambridge did attend the festival last year. However, this is the second time Prince Harry has missed the event after attending a rugby match at Twickenham in 2016 also.

The Festival of Remembrance began in 1927 and was originally intended to honour those who died in World War One. It has since grown and now remembers all those who died in war in battles of the past and wars that are still ongoing.

The following day, the nation will pay their respects to the country’s war dead on in the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, led by the Queen.

However, significantly Her Majesty will not be laying a wreath at this year’s service and will instead watch on from the balcony of the Foreign Office.

In her place, Prince Charles will lay a wreath at the cenotaph.

A two-minute silence will take place at 11am where wreaths will be laid, followed by a veterans’ march.

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