This evening, members of the Royal Family had an evening out at Royal Albert Hall for the annual Festival of Remembrance. The annual televised festival is hosted by the Royal British Legion to precede Remembrance Day.
The Festival of Remembrance commemorates, celebrates, and pays tribute to our fallen soldiers. Remembrance Day, the second Sunday in November, is a somber day of reflection and tribute to those who have suffered or died in war. The annual traditions that mark the occasion are meant to ensure that these heroes are never forgotten.
Tonight’s concert included performances by Rod Stewart, Pixie Lott, Andrea Bocelli and Gregory Porter performing alongside the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Queen’s Colour Squadron, the Band of HM Royal Marines, and the Band and Pipes of the Brigade of Gurkhas. The concert began at 7 PM and was broadcast to the nation on BBC1 a few hours later.
Members of the Royal Family attend the concert each year. This year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended for the first time, along with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.
To match the commemorative tone of the event, the Royals all wore black – the color of mourning – and donned a bright poppy brooch. The poppy brooch is a popular symbol of this time of year; it is worn in connection with the Remembrance Day events.
It was lovely to see so many members of the Royal Family enjoy an evening together. The spirited festival is a wonderful celebration of our armed forces, and an amazing benefit for the Poppy Legion. Tomorrow, the Royal Family will join together again for a more somber occasion – the annual National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.