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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join The Queen at Festival of Rememberance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge yesterday attended the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall to honour the war dead.

They were sat in the royal box alongside The Queen and other members of the royal family.

The service, which takes place every year, remembered those who have died in conflicts past and present. It was specifically poignant as this year is the 70th anniversary since the end of World War II and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

As Her Majesty arrived for the evening service, she was greeted by the president of the Royal British Legion, Vice-Admiral Peter Wilkinson, whilst The Band of the Household Cavalry played fanfare.

Also in the royal box were the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke of York, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael, as well as a host of other dignitaries.

The Prime Minister David Cameron and Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn were also present.

Lots of current and ex-servicemen gave readings throughout the evening, including 95 year old Tony Pickering, who told those present about his experience flying a Hurricane in the Battle of Britain, their significance and the courageous work that was undertaken.

As per tradition, the evening came to a close when The Last Post was played, followed by a two minute silence, where poppy leaves fell 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 today 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.