King joins other senior royals at Festival of Remembrance

The King and members of the royal family have gathered for the Festival of Remembrance, where tribute will be paid to the late Queen for the 70 years of service and dedication she gave during her reign.

Charles and the Queen Consort arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday evening, for the first annual remembrance service at the venue since the 96-year-old monarch’s death.

Other royals attending include the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

The Princess and Prince of Wales
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive (Chris Radburn/PA)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sat in a box to the left of the royals, while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer sat to their right.

Actor Luke Evans opened the event with a rendition of I Vow To Thee My Country.

During the course of the evening, tribute will be paid to the Queen, who was the Royal British Legion’s patron and the longest serving Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces.

The event will also commemorate the service and sacrifice of servicemen and women over the years through words, song and storytelling, and will mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands war.

On Sunday, Charles will lead the nation in remembrance at the Cenotaph for the first time as King, in what is expected to be a poignant moment for the royal family.

The Queen, who died nine weeks ago at the age of 96, considered Remembrance Sunday, which commemorates the war dead, one of the most significant and important engagements in the royal calendar.