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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.

  • Celya723

    With a life time of service to the crown ahead of them, 30 – 50 years like their fore bearers, and these events are already well represented by the extended royal family, these next generations will be reaping the harshest criticisms and painstaking prying into their personal lives for having interests outside of anything that doesn’t require a uniform or dress suit.
    Being backhanded for having amusing interests as well seem to be what all publications have in common when it comes to Diana’s sons.

  • bearzy123

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    • Denise Nash

      At the going down of the sun
      And in the morning


  • Ladyhawke

    My personal opinion only is that it is very poor form for the future King and his brother to attend a football game in lieu of joining the other senior royals at the Festival of Remembrance. Very poor form indeed.
    Yes, highly significant that Charles took over the wreath-laying duty from HM.

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