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Festival of Remembrance brings out the Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth II was joined by a large portion of the Senior Members of the Royal Family at Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance.

Among those included the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall who just returned from a tour of the middle east and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince Harry was absent from the event which remembered the Battle of the Somme, Battle of Jutland, the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War as well as the 80th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Supermarine Spitfire. Harry spent the afternoon in Twickenham where he laid a wreath before the England vs South Africa rugby match. He also announced the location of the 2018 Invictus Games in a video with Kylie Minogue earlier in the day.

Other well-known faces included Prime Minister Theresa May and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn.

The show started with a collection of old war songs such as Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty, Pack Up Your Troubles and It’s A Long Way to Tipperary.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe sang You’ll Never Walk Alone, Birdy sand Wings and Laura Mvula did a rendition of Abide With Me.

The host of the BBC quiz show Pointless, Alexander Armstrong performed Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer with the help of the RAF Squadronaires band.

Glow-in-the-dark wristbands were given to the audience, with each one representing 100 of the approximately 400,000 British who are dead, missing or wounded during the Battle of Somme.

Beth Molyneux, 11, brought the audience to tears with a poem she wrote about why she wears a poppy in honour of her father who died in the Royal Navy when she was 6.

The evening finished with the room being draped with thousands of poppies that drifted to the ground as the room stood for two minutes of silence before the national anthem was sung.

Tomorrow, The Queen and Members of the Royal Family will lay wreaths at The Cenotaph. The Prince of Wales will also take the Salute at the March Past of Veteran and Civilian Organisations on Horse Guards Parade.

After the Horse Guards Parade, Prince Charles, Colonel, Welsh Guards will join in a service at the Guards’ Chapel and take part in a wreath laying at the Guards’ Memorial for the Welsh Guards Regimental.

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