Festival of Remembrance

Royal Family Pay Tribute To Fallen At Festival Of Remembrance

The festival led the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

Festival of Remembrance

The festival, organised by Royal British Legion, led the nation in thanking those who have served, sacrificed and changed our world (Picture: MOD).

The Queen and Prime Minister have joined a crowd of thousands to pay tribute to all those who lost in their lives in conflicts at the annual Festival of Remembrance.

Alongside the Queen in the royal box at the Royal Albert Hall were senior royals including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also in attendance on Saturday night.

Festival of Remembrance
The royal family sat together in a private box to watch the festival (Picture: MOD).

This year's event, organised by the Royal British Legion, marks 75 years since notable battles of 1944 including Monte Cassino, Kohima and Imphal, D-Day and the collaboration of Commonwealth and Allied forces.

A standing ovation was given to 44 veterans who represented those who served in the battles of 1944.

The service also recognised Colonel Gail Halvorsen, who is best known as the "Berlin Candy Bomber" after he dropped candy to German children during the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949.

The 99-year-old received a standing ovation while he was on stage with Vera Mitschirch, who was one the children who received the candy.

The service also paid tribute to RFA Mounts Bay, which delivered supplies and aid to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian this year.

A video was played which showed the destruction of the hurricane and the aid provided by RFA Mounts Bay crew.

RFA Mounts Bay in the Bahamas
RFA Mounts Bay in the Bahamas earlier this year (Picture: MOD).

This year's event also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Government Communications Headquarters.

Festival presenter Huw Edwards described the GCH as being at the forefront of intelligence gathering in the UK.

The mood fell sombre when The Last Post rang out in the theatre, and during the minutes of silence poppy petals drifted from the ceiling.

The service concluded with traditional prayers, hymns and blessings before an enthusiastic rendition of God Save the Queen.

The Queen waved to the crowd before leaving.

Musical performances were led by Jeff Goldblum, James Blunt, Louise Dearman and Colin Thackeray.