Prince William and Kate joined by other senior royals have arrived at the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall.
They were snapped by photographers as they were greeted on their entrance. For the occasion, Princess Kate chose to wear a gorgeous black Self Portrait gown (which she has worn previously but in white), with three poppies pinned to her collar.
Members of the family have been sporting red poppy pins with their ensembles in recent days. The poppy has been used since 1921 to commemorate military members who have died in wars. After World War I ended, poppies grew over the old battlefields and became seen as a “symbol of remembrance and hope.”
Tonight marks the first joint appearance by senior members of the royal family since the Queen’s funeral on 19 September.
Through words, song, and storytelling the Remembrance festival will commemorate the service and sacrifice of servicemen and women and will mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands war.
The event will also pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years of service while on the throne. She was a patron of the Royal British Legion and longest serving commander-in-chief of the British armed forces.
During the festival, the royal party will be received by Ian McCulloch, president of the Royal Albert Hall and Lieutenant General James Bashall, president of the Royal British Legion.
Royal family members are also expected to attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall tomorrow (13 November).
The King will lay a new wreath, the design of which pays tribute to the wreath of His Majesty’s grandfather, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince William will lay the wreath previously laid by the former Prince of Wales, featuring The Prince of Wales feathers.