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Princess Anne and Family

Princess Anne at commemoration for Armistice Day at the National Memorial Arboretum

The Princess Royal has attended a Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark Armistice Day.

Her Royal Highness paid tribute at the service, held on November 11th, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended World War One.

All those who have given their lives for their country were remembered at the ceremony in Staffordshire.

Princess Anne, in military uniform, laid a wreath of red poppies before saluting and then bowing her head in memoriam.

The Princess, who was accompanied by her husband. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, later stood in contemplation at the memorial, looking at some of the names inscribed there in memory of those killed in action.

On Remembrance weekend, it was announced that the Princess Royal will become President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which cares for the last resting places of tens of thousands of military who gave their lives in service. Sir Timothy Laurence has also carried out many years of work with the organisation.

Her Royal Highness takes on the role from the Duke of Kent who has decided to step aside after decades of dedicated service. King Charles has become the first patron of the CWG.

The Princess Royal later attended the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Princess will be with the Royal Family at the Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday and will later take the salute at the veterans’ march past.

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