The Festival of Remembrance is due to take place this Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall, honoring those in the Armed Forces for their service and sacrifice in defending our freedoms and way of life, of course also commemorating all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex are set to be reunited in their first public engagement since December 2020 when they thanked volunteers and key workers at Windsor Castle.
The Cambridges and Wessexes will also be joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth however, has had to cancel her appearance as she has been advised to take two weeks to rest after her stay in hospital in October.
A statement released by Buckingham Palace on 29 October read: “The doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake light, desk-based duties during this time, including some virtual audiences, but not to undertake any official visits. Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, November 13.
“However, it remains The Queen’s firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on November 14.”
We won’t be short on royals on the 13th either, as the Queen’s cousins are set to make an appearance, such as the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.
This year’s event will mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, with an aim to reflect on the different ways the charity has supported the Armed Forces community.
This year’s Festival also marks 100 years of the poppy as the symbol of remembrance.
In the program is the marking of the 30th anniversary of Operation Granby during the Gulf War, which was the largest deployment of UK Forces since the Second World War and also to pay tribute to currently serving members who were, as part of Operation Pitting, deployed to Afghanistan.