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The Queen, Prince Philip and members of The Royal Family attend Festival of Remembrance

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were joined by members of their family at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance on Saturday evening at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Alongside their parents were the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex.

They were joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Sir Tim Laurence.

Prince William and Prince Harry were absent from proceedings as they attended a rugby match instead.

Other senior figures to join in the remembrance celebrations included Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband, Philip.

Highlights of the event included the standing ovation received as members of the emergency services who dealt with the London and Manchester terror attacks took to the stage.

Families of deceased servicemen and women also received a standing ovation as they gathered to remember their loved ones.

There were special performances by Melanie C, Alfie Boe & Natalie Lowe, Emeli Sande and others all in tribute to the armed forces.

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.

Tomorrow, 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.

Royal Central will bring you coverage throughout the day.

  • Mr. Christian

    On this your Remembrance Day, Veterans Day in America, I hope and pray that war is soon to be a forgotten means of settling differences. I also would like recall when not too long ago, Britain held a religious ceremony in remembrance of those who died in conflicts between our two nations. No one single man can stop a war usually so ask all to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace for their posterity.

  • Mr. Christian

    Ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil for the Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want. … He maketh me a banquet before my enemies.

    • Mr. Christian

      Cannons on the left of me, cannons on the right of me. Into the valley of the shadow of death rode the noble 600.

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