The Queen and Members of the Royal Family attend Remembrance events
The Queen and Members of the Royal Family, including The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, attended events this week to remember those who were killed in service to their country. On the second Sunday of each November, The Queen leads the nation in remembering those who have died in world wars and other conflicts. In a ceremony at the Cenotaph, Members of the Royal Family unite with others in thousands of similar ceremonies across the UK and worldwide in holding two minutes of silence at 11am. In the run up to Remembrance Day, Members of the Royal Family attend a series of engagements to honour the fallen. The Prince of Wales attended a Service of Remembrance on Friday 11th November during the Royal visit to Bahrain. His Royal Highness met senior military representatives and UK veterans who had gathered for the service and laid a wreath at the war memorial. The first remembrance service was held in Bahrain in 1993. A service has been held every year since then in the Old Christian Cemetery, one of two Christian cemeteries on the islands. On Saturday 12th November, The Queen, accompanied by members of her family, attended the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. This year’s Royal Festival of Remembrance marked the centenaries of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland, the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War and the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Supermarine Spitfire. Performers included Alfie Boe, Michael Ball and Alexander Armstrong. On Remembrance Sunday The Queen led the nation in remembrance at the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph. Other members of the Royal Family, including The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex joined the commemoration with some laying wreaths at the Cenotaph. The Service was watched by The Duchess of Cornwall, The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Alexandra. Later, The Prince of Wales wore a traditional regimental bowler hat as he joined former and serving Welsh Guardsmen to remember the fallen. Colonel of the Welsh Guards since 1975, His Royal Highness continued the day of reflection for those killed in conflict by attending a ceremony at the Guards’ Chapel in London for the regiment’s Remembrance Sunday service. Alongside many of the veterans and servicemen paying their respects, The Prince wore the traditional Household Division regimental wear comprising a bowler hat, suit, striped blue and red tie and furled umbrella. The moving ceremony in the chapel was also attended by veterans, service personnel and their families.