The Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, paid a moving tribute to the late Queen during her attendance at the Festival of Remembrance held at London's Royal Albert Hall last night. Dressed elegantly in black, she wore a pearl necklace and matching earrings that belonged to Her Majesty, along with a brooch from the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, to which she was appointed Colonel-in-Chief in August. Her husband, Prince William, accompanied her, while King Charles, Queen Camilla, and other members of the Royal Family also attended, all donning red poppies.
During the event, Princess Anne delivered a speech honoring those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest military campaign of World War II, which claimed the lives of approximately 65,000 seamen. The Royals then joined the audience in singing the hymn "Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind" after the remembrance book, containing the names of British war dead, was brought to the center of the hall.
The Festival of Remembrance featured a performance by the Band of the Royal Marines and a captivating rendition of the Latin hymn "Pie Jesu" by 14-year-old opera sensation Malakai Bayoh. The evening concluded with the audience singing "God Save The King" followed by three cheers.
Among the dignitaries present at the event were Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife, as well as Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife. This year's festival not only commemorated the Battle of the Atlantic but also recognized the sacrifices of those who served in the Korean War and the contribution of the Windrush generation to the military.
Today, King Charles will lead the nation in remembrance at the Cenotaph, marking a solemn tribute to those who gave their lives in service to their country.