Watching on alongside the Queen were the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. All were dressed in dark clothing as they watched from the royal box.
They gave a standing ovation to welcome the Chelsea Pensioners and as bereaved family members walked on to the stage. Rows of poppies adorned the room and were projected on to the floor.
The Queen, Prince William, and Charles, Prince of Wales watch on from the balcony in respect to the show taking place below
Queen Elizabeth II with Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Michael of Kent, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall
Queen Elizabeth II attends the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall
The annual Festival of Remembrance in London, which commemorates the war dead, included performances from Sir Tom Jones, Sir Bryn Terfel and Sheridan Smith and was presented by the BBC’s Huw Edwards.
The royal family stood as thousands of audience members attending the Festival of Remembrance held aloft photographs of those who took part in the First World War, and descendants stood in the middle of the Royal Albert Hall with pictures of their ancestors.
Theresa May and her husband Philip held aloft photographs of two of her ancestors, including Private Hubert Brasier Grant, of the East Surrey Regiment, who died at Passchendaele in 1917 aged 19.
Queen Elizabeth II talks to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during the show. The festival is an annual event, but this year it poignant since this Sunday marks 100 years since the guns fell silent with the end of WW1
Tom Jones sings at the festival. The evening performance of the Festival of Remembrance will also be broadcast on BBC One from 8.30pm tonight
The Prime Minister attended a service to mark the centenary of the battle last year and found her father’s cousin’s name on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
A photograph was also shown of the PM’s grandfather Sergeant Major Tom Brasier, who served with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Sir Tom Jones led the musical performances, singing Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer alongside the RAF Squadronaires.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex take their seats inside the Royal Albert Hall
Sheridan Smith was backed softly by a piano as she sang Are You Just Sleeping, while Tom Fletcher from McFly performed Born To Fly with Danny Jones, which he wrote to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the cellist who delighted millions at Harry and Meghan’s wedding earlier this year, played a modern version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah to a hushed crowd.
The crowd clapped along as members of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force marched in and gathered in formation at the centre of the room.
Prime Minister Theresa May with husband Philip May take their seats close to the Royals for tonight’s event
Charles sits next to Camilla at the festival in the Royal Albert Hall. The show is presented by BBC newsreader and television presenter Huw Edwards
The night comes ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, when World War One ended.
It has been organised by armed forces charity the Royal British Legion as a ‘thank you to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world’ and will be broadcast on BBC One at 20:30 tonight.
A message on the Legion’s website read: ‘100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence sit together tonight inside the Royal Albert Hall
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge watch on as a sign of respect to those who sacrificed their lives in Britain’s conflicts. The Queen and members of the royal family are attending the show, as well as Theresa May
‘At the Festival of Remembrance this year, in the presence of The Royal Family, The Royal British Legion is leading the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.’
Noticeably, Her Majesty The Queen arrived wearing five poppies. While others, like Theresa May, wore one Remembrance Day poppy. The Queen has sworn one, three and five in the past but it is not known for sure why.
What is know is that it’s totally her discretion as to how many she wears, with no royal protocol stating when and where Her Majesty should wear a poppy.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Royal British Legion Festival tonight
Some theories state the number five could be a direct reference to each service in the war – the army, navy, RAF, Civil Defence and women.
After tonight’s event at the Albert Hall, there will be a candle lit vigil to ‘pay tribute to the generation of a century ago as we congregate on the eve of Armistice Day to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent.’
The event will be held at National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The same venue will be the scene of an annual outdoor Armistice Day service on Sunday.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, are pictured arriving at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in London. Stars including Sir Tom Jones, Sheridan Smith, and Sir Bryn Terfel are performing at the show at the Royal Albert Hall
Tomorrow, the Prince of Wales will once again lead the nation in honouring the country’s war dead during the national service of remembrance while the Queen observes from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Also on Sunday, in a historic act of reconcile, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph along with Prince Charles and Theresa May.
A service in Westminster Abbey will also be held, alongside events in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast, to honour those who returned home from the Great War.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at tonight’s remembrance event
Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle greet fellow attendees at tonight’s ball ahead of memorial events
Rain-soaked Princess Anne and Meghan Markle enter the Royal Albert Hall for events including a Tom Jones performance
Also tomorrow, Charles will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on the Queen’s behalf – the second successive year he will perform the duty.
Millions of people will fall silent this weekend to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War and a series of events and tributes have already paid homage to Britain’s war heroes.
Earlier today, The Duke of Sussex appeared in a sombre mood as he bowed his head in memory of the fallen soldiers before he laid a wreath of poppies on the field at Twickenham today ahead of England’s crunch match against New Zealand.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge greets fellow attendees flanked by his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
The Prince, a patron of the Rugby Football Union, met with descendants of two England captains, Lancelot Slocock and Ronnie Coulton, who both died in the First World War.
His Royal Highness, who was not with his wife Meghan at the ground, also met two rugby players who are supported by the RFU Injured Players Foundation, of which The Duke is also Patron.
A moment’s silence for those who served and gave their lives for their country was observed before England were narrowly defeated by the All Blacks.
The Duke of Sussex during the Quilter International match at Twickenham Stadium, London
Britain’s Prince Harry carries a wreath during a ceremony to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, before watching the international rugby match between England and New Zealand
Yesterday, tens of thousands of people gathered at the Tower of London in a bid to catch a glimpse of the 10,000 torches installed in memory of those killed in the First Word War.
The installation, Beyond the Deepening Shadow, will be open to the public until Remembrance Sunday tomorrow, the culmination of this year’s remembrance to the fallen.
At the start of the war, Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey famously declared: ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe.’
The vast commemorative exercise at the Tower of London represents the moment they came back on again – along with the grief of those who survived to rebuild a shattered world.
How Britain will mark the centenary of the Armistice with concerts and memorials across the country
A series of events will take place across the UK to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Here is a look at how some people will mark the centenary of the Armistice.
– Festival of Remembrance
The Queen and senior members of the royal family will attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Saturday. This year’s festival will commemorate all those who have lost their lives in conflicts and will mark 100 years since the First World War ended. The event is an opportunity for the nation to say thanks to all who served, and to those who sacrificed their lives. The Queen will be joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
– National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph
The Prince of Wales will once again lead the nation in honouring the country’s war dead during the national service of remembrance. The Queen has asked Charles to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on her behalf – the second successive year he will perform the duty. The Queen will watch from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building, as she did last year. After Charles has laid a wreath, other floral tributes will be left by members of the royal family, senior figures from the Government, including Prime Minister Theresa May, and opposition party leaders and other figures from national life. For the first time, a German leader will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph, with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier performing the duty on behalf of his nation in a historic act of reconciliation.
– A Nation’s Thank You
Families whose ancestors died or were injured in the First World War will be remembering their relatives as they take part in a ‘people’s procession’. A total of 10,000 people, chosen by ballot, will have the opportunity to pay their respects to all those who served in the First World War by taking part in the Nation’s Thank You procession past the Cenotaph.
– Church services
The Queen, Charles and Camilla, William and Kate, and Harry and Meghan will attend a service at Westminster Abbey. During the day, church and other bells will ring out as they did at the end of the First World War – and a Westminster Abbey service will be held along with others in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast, to give thanks for peace and those who returned. During the Welsh Guards’ Regimental Remembrance Sunday, Charles will attend a service in the Guards’ Chapel with service personnel and their families. He will then lay a wreath at the Guards’ Memorial.
– Pages of the Sea
Director Danny Boyle is asking people to gather on beaches across the UK on November 11 and etch silhouettes in the sand ‘remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict’. Events will take place at low tide at a number of beaches, including Perranporth in Cornwall, Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, and St Ninian’s beach in Shetland.
– Battle’s Over
Battle’s Over is a series of hundreds of local events to mark the centenary of the Armistice. Pipers will play, beacons will be lit and church bells will ring in all corners of the UK and around the world as communities pay tribute to the First World War fallen. Described as a nation’s tribute, Battle’s Over has been in the planning for four years and will see hundreds of locally-organised events mark the centenary.
– National Memorial Arboretum Service
The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is the year-round centre for remembrance for service personnel. It is set in woodlands and gardens and features more than 350 memorials, including the main Armed Forces Memorial. Every year, there is an annual dedication of names ceremony at the forces monument, adding those who have fallen while on active service to its high walls – and a chance for visitors to reflect on the spaces yet to be filled by fresh engravings. The memorial will again be a focus of reflection, with up to 6,000 people expected to gather on Sunday.
– Armistice concert
The anchor concert will take place at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus, the site of a former military hospital for shell-shocked officers during the Great War, and will include musical performances from George Watson’s College Symphony Orchestra and Scottish fiddlers.
– Remembrance in Enniskillen
The County Fermanagh town will mark Armistice Day with a series of events starting at 6am at the castle, when 1,000 lone pipers will play When The Battle’s O’er, a traditional tune played after battle. The town on the western edge of Europe claims to have been the first in the UK to celebrate the Armistice. The news reportedly broke in Enniskillen before London, Edinburgh, Manchester or Dublin on November 11 1918, thanks to a local wireless operator. The message had been sent from Paris by the Armed Forces Commander in Chief, Marshal Ferdinand Foch, announcing the time for the cessation of hostilities.