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Royal Family to attend annual Festival of Remembrance tonight

The Queen will be joined by members of her family tonight for the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall to honour the war dead.

The service, which takes place every year, remembers those who have died in conflicts past and present. This year’s festival is particularly poignant because 2016 marks the centenaries of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland, the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War and the and the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Supermarine Spitfire.

Members of the Royal Family who will join Her Majesty in the Royal Box this year include: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will also attend the festival having just returned from a tour of the Middle East.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn are also expected to be in attendance.

As per tradition, the evening will come to a close with the The Last Post being played, followed by a two-minute silence, where poppy leaves will fall gracefully from the ceiling.

The Festival of Remembrance began in 1927, and was Originally intended to honour those who died in World War One, the Festival of Remembrance began in 1927, but it has since grown and now honours all those who have died in war, from battles that are decades gone and those that are ongoing.

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

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

The Festival of Remembrance will be broadcast live on BBC One from the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 12th November at 21:00.

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