After the moving annual Remembrance Day Service at Cenotaph, tonight Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen and members of the royal family for a special service held at Westminster Abbey to mark the Centenary of Armistice Day.
The Armistice, that ended the First World War, was signed on this day 100 years ago in 1918. This week various events have been organized throughout the UK to mark the big historical day.
As in most of the special services, today’s service was also held at Westminster Abbey. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby led the service today.
Queen arriving at Westminster Abbey for tonight’s service. Usually, royal women wore dark colours to commemorate the remembrance events. Tonight they wore bright colours representing hope and joy people felt at the end of the WWI.
The ceremony began with the Queen and the President of Germany placing fresh flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
The flowers are brightly coloured to symbolise celebration and include heather, gerbera, lilies, roses and chrysanthemums.
Members of the Royal Family took their seats in Abbey.
Actor Sophie Okonedo OBE read from the diary of socialist Beatrice Webb, 11th November 1918: ‘Peace! London to-day is a pandemonium of noise and revelry, soldiers and flappers being most in evidence. The ashes of socialists and writers Sidney and Beatrice Webb lie in the north aisle of the nave of Westminster Abbey.
Beatrice was born in January 1858 in Gloucestershire, a daughter of a wealthy businessman. She was an early pioneer of socialism and aided the poor, founded co-operative societies and trade unions and with husband, Sidney started the London School of Economics and advanced ideas for social security.
Actor John Simm read from John Jackson, Private 12768: Memoir of a Tommy: ‘…on the stroke of the eleventh hour the sounds of war ceased abruptly…after years of noise, the calm and quietness of that cold, November, day was bewildering.’
Nine young people placed flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. The nine have been involved in commemorative events over the past four years, researching the lives of members of the Armed Forces who served during WWI.
British Prime Minister Theresa May read Isaiah 58: 6-12.
Then the Choir of Westminster Abbey performed the True Light by Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queen’s Music. It was commissioned for this service by UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Actor Simon Russell Beale CBE reads from The Unfinished Task by Winston Churchill: ‘The penalty of defeat is ruin. The reward of victory is responsibility. It is an awful recompense…’
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier reads 1 St John 4: 7-11 in German.
German President and his wife were the guests at the Remembrance Event this weekend. They were the first German guests to attend the Remembrance Event since its origin in 1919.
Here’s an English translation from the Order of Service.
The ceremony ended after the reading from Charles, Prince of Wales. He read St John 15: 9-15, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.
The Westminster bells rang to mark the end of the special Armistice Day Service after the National Anthem.
For the special service, Catherine wore green Catherine Walker Coat that she first wore in at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2017 and then Duchess left for her first official Paris Visit wearing the same coat.
The coat features a Gold Button Detailing at the front and contrast black Velvet collars, cuffs and pockets lapels. The knee-length Coat dress has fitted silhouette with a slightly flared skirt.
Catherine paired the coat with a handmade a crescent moon shaped black velvet Jane Taylor Headband. The £890 headband (ided by @HRHWessexBlog) is made from sumptuous velvets and is available in many different colours. A customised order can also be placed at the website in a colour that is not available already.
Recently we have seen Duchess wearing similar headbands. Many people don’t like the style but in my opinion, Catherine looks great in these headbands. We saw Catherine wearing a similar style at the christening of Prince Louis and then at the wedding of Sophie Carter.
Today Duchess of Cambridge joined the members of British Royal Family to honour the brave soldiers who laid their lives for nation during World War.
Every year at Whitehall, British Monarch lays the wreath at Cenotaph to pay tribute to country’s war dead on Remembrance Day, a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919.
The year 2018 is a significant year in the history as it marks the 100 years of the signing of Armistice, end of World War I. At 11 am on the 11 November 1918, the First World War officially came to an end. The announcement was met with obvious joyous celebrations across the nation, and crowds of people started to converge on Buckingham Palace.
The First World War was one of the deadliest conflicts in history – claiming the lives of nine million combatants. Seven million civilians also died as a direct result of the war. On 4 August 1914, Britain entered and declared war on Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and their allies.
King George Vrecorded in his diary the events leading up to and directly after the declaration of war. He describes when war was declared a large crowd assembled outside Buckingham Palace which ‘was a never to be forgotten sight when May & I with David went on to the balcony, the cheering was terrific’.
Queen Mary recorded in her diary her thoughts on the Armistice day:
“The greatest day in the world’s history. The armistice was signed at 5. a.m. & fighting ceased at 11. U. Arthur came to breakfast, & at 11. we went on to the balcony to greet the large crowd which had formed outside. At 12.30. we went out again & the massed bands of the Guards played the National Anthem & patriotic songs, & the anthem of the Allies. Huge crowds & much enthusiasm…At 3.15 we drove to the City in the pouring rain & had a marvellous reception. The members of the family came to tea & then some WAACS, WRENS etc. came & sang patriotic songs. So nice of them. The Prime Minister came to see us at 7. U Arthur & Patsy came to dinner, afterwards we went on to the balcony, the band played popular songs, & we had another wonderful scene. A day full of emotion & thankfulness – tinged with regret at the many lives who have fallen in this ghastly war.”
Shown above is the flag Queen Mary waved on Armistice Day, during one or more of The Royal Family’s many balcony appearances.
On the 11 November, 1920 King George V unveiled the Cenotaph, the national memorial to the ‘Glorious Dead’ of the 1914-1918 war, and afterwards, Their Majesties attended the burial service for the ‘Unknown Warrior’ in Westminster Abbey. 2018’s remembrance Commemorations involved commemorating the centenary of Armistice. Learn more about World War I and Armistice Day through Royal Archives here.
100 years on, The Queen and The Royal Family today joined the nation in remembering all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. More than 10,000 people from across the country joined together on the Mall and made their way around St James’ Park for Remembrance Sunday as part of a ‘nation’s thank you’ to those who fought in the Great War.
On behalf of Her Majesty, Prince of Wales Charles laid the wreath at Cenotaph. An Equerry laid a wreath on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh. Since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1952, today was the first time when Duke of Edinburgh was not present at the Cenotaph with Her Majesty.
Absence of Duke led to another strong message, Queen was joined by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, both future Queen Consorts, at the balcony of Foreign Office.
Prince William and Prince Harry followed their father and laid wreaths at Cenotaph to honour the fallen soldiers followed by politicians and dignitaries while Queen watched from the balcony.
At the eleventh hour, the nation observed the two minutes of silence to remember the fallen. The silence represents the armistice was signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 to end the World War I. The silence began with the chiming of Big Ben – despite the ongoing renovations to the clock tower.
The Last Post sounded by the Buglers of the Royal Marines and cannon fires by the King’s troop ended the national silence. About the silent observation, Prince Charles earlier said, “We owe that enormous debt of gratitude to those who gave literally everything for our tomorrow. We go on remembering the extraordinary courage and gallantry and endless devoted service of our Armed Forces. I think the time to have just that silence, it was a wonderful idea because we don’t have enough moments of silence to reflect. Above all, it’s a way of showing special honour and appreciation to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
A small video of the day from Sky News.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has attended the annual remembrance service since 2011. Today she wore a bespoke black coat dress from her go-to label, Alexander McQueen.
Tonight the Duke of Cambridge Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine joined Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and members of Royal Family for the annual Royal Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Tonight was the 91st Festival of Remembrance since its birth in 1927. Sir Tom Jones, Sheridan Smith, Sir Bryn Terfel, Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Kingdom Choir performed alongside the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Band of HM Royal Marines.
Every year since 1927, The Royal British Legion’s annual festival commemorates the British soldiers who laid their lives for nation during World War at Royal Albert Hall on the eve of the Remembrance Sunday – the second Sunday of November.
It includes a matinee open to members of the public and an evening event for members of the Legion, their families, officials and royals.
The very first ‘Festival of Remembrance’ was called In Memory 1914-1918 – A Cenotaph In Sound, in aid of The British Legion, Field Marshal Earl Haig’s Appeal for Ex-Service Men of all Ranks, and was held on 11 November 1923. A royal delegate including HRH The Prince of Wales was in attendance to hear John Foulds’ new composition, A World Requiem: A Cenotaph in Sound, performed by a chorus and orchestra.
In 1927 the concert was simply renamed the ‘Remembrance Festival’ and featured community songs including Pack up Your Troubles, Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty, and Tipperary. The event ended with a service that has now become familiar, featuring The Last Post and ending in God Save the King/Queen.
Her Majesty who took the patronage of Royal British Legion in 1952, made her first visit to the Hall aged 26, following her accession to the throne, on 8 November 1952 for the British Legion Festival of Remembrance. Since then she has missed only 2 events.
It was not until 1971 that the British Legion were permitted to use the prefix ‘royal’, following a Royal Charter bestowed to the organisation on 29 May 1971. The festival was promptly renamed Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, which it has proudly held every year since. Although the festival was originally only intended to honour those who died in the First World War, it now includes tributes to the war dead from more recent conflicts.
The Monarch and the members of the Royal Family watch the festival from the royal box of the hall. A very interesting fact about the royal box is that whenever the reigning monarch visits the Hall, the hammer cloth – a beautiful and very heavy velvet curtain bearing the Royal Coat of Arms and the initials of the reigning monarch of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, is hung from the balcony in the Royal Box and taken down immediately after the visit. The currently used hammer cloth was made by the Royal School of Needlework(RSN) in 1876- the date is embroidered on the lower left of its hem. Learn more about the hammer cloth here. You can find out more about the historical event at the official website of the Royal Albert Hall and about the Royal Albert Hall here.
The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. This year, join us as we mark the end of the WW1 centenary by saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world. Click here to support the appeal.
To mark Remembrance Week and Armistice, a very special installation has been done at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2016, fifty-one transparent seated military figures were installed in the Penshurst Church for Remembrance. This solemn tribute left an indelible impression on all who saw it. Two years later, building on the impact this action had, There But Not There has been installed at the hall. Learn more about the amazing installation here.
Queen Elizabeth II arriving at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall tonight.
The event began once Queen took her seat in the Royal Box with Prince Charles on her right and Prince William on her left. Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip did not attend the event as announced earlier.
Royal Family in the Royal Box of the Royal Albert Hall.
The State Trumpeters marked the beginning of the event.
The Festival of Remembrance opened with a World War I themed tri-service display featuring Royal British Legion standards representing branches from across the UK.
The event was hosted by Huw Edwards. In the opening statement, he remarked, “Tonight we will be remembering all those whose lives were touched by those four years of conflict”.
Tonight also marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, the end of the First World War. The festival honoured the sacrifice made by hundreds of thousands of countless men and women of Britain and the Commonwealth. 2018 is also the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force.
During the festival Duke of Cambridge Prince William paid tribute to his new patronage the new National Defence and Rehabilitation Centre and the fallen soldiers of WWI.
Sir Tom Jones performed ‘Coming In On a Wing and a Prayer’ with the Royal Air Force Squadronaires to pay tribute to aviation who played a vital role in WWI.
Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones along with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force performed a specially written piece to celebrate the 100th birthday of Royal Air Force.
On each seat in the Royal Albert Hall laid a photo of a fallen soldier.
Next, the Torch of Remembrance entered the Royal Albert Hall and a citation was read by the World War II veteran Colin Bell DFC: “They came because country called”.
After the Chelsea Pensioners aged between 66 and 88 received a guard of honour from scouts and girl guides.
The Band of HM Royal Marines performed marking the 100th anniversary of Zeebrugge.
At the end of the HM Royal Marines performance, Queen was seen applauding.
The audience in the hall stood to welcome bereaved families, led by Des and Maureen Feely, whose daughter Corporal Sarah Bryant was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 aged just 26.
Sheridan Smith captivated the audience with her amazing performance of ‘Are You Just Sleeping’ backed by a soft tune of the piano.
The audience of the hall gave a standing ovation to the parents and families of the fallen as they make their way across Royal Albert Hall.
A special moment as the Festival of Remembrance audience in Royal Albert Hall stood and hold up pictures of relatives who served in the war in a moment of thanks to the WW1 generation.
The moment was backed by the amazing cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Kingdom Choir.
A very sombre and emotional view of the scene as Michael Palin CBE, an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter, paid tribute to poet Wilfred Owen who died less than a week before the armistice was signed.
The audience welcomed all the armed and defence forces in the Albert Hall as the forces paid tribute to the fallen soldiers who gave their lives while serving the nation.
The staff of Headley Court entered Royal Albert Hall with the Book of Remembrance to present the amazing contribution that the rehabilitation centre has made to the lives of the Armed Forces over the years.
Right Rev James Newcome led the prayers at the ceremony.
At the end of the ceremony, everyone observed 2 minutes silence while the poppies fell silently on the audience honouring the brave men and women of the nation.
Duchess of Cambridge has attended this event every year since 2015. Tonight Duchess made a stunning and sombre appearance.
She was weaning black Roland Mouret asymmetric neck dressthanks to Perth fashion on twitter for quick id. Crafted from black wool and stretch silk, the midi dress featured an asymmetric neckline and elbow-length flared cuff sleeves. The dress is already sold out.
The midi dress that falls in the Duchess’ regular style spectrum was a perfect choice for the event.
A closure look at the dress neckline and fabric.
Catherine paired the dress with Jimmy Choo Romy Velvet Black Suede Pointy Toe Pumps. The classic pointy toe pump has been slightly updated with a softer point and a new stiletto heel. Leather lined with a leather sole, they are finished with a black suede upper.
Duchess finished her look with a new pair of pearl earrings. Initially, it was thought that she was wearing The Qatar Pearl and Diamond Demi-Parure earrings on loan from Her Majesty. But a closer look shows that they are different than the Queen’s earrings shown below.
Tomorrow Duchess will attend annual Remembrance Day Service at The Canetoph and a special Armistice Day service at Westminster Abbey marking its 100 years with Royal Family.