Kate Middleton and Prince William join other royals at Festival of Remembrance – with Poppy pins – .

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Kate Middleton and Prince William join other royals at Festival of Remembrance – with Poppy pins – .


Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2nd from right) and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) arrive to attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 13, 2021.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William took part in an annual tradition ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

The couple, both 39, joined other royals at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Saturday evening for the Festival of Remembrance, an annual musical tribute in memory of fallen British soldiers.

Members of the Royal Family in attendance included Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

Queen Elizabeth was absent from the event. The monarch, 95, canceled several engagements after being hospitalized on October 20 and subsequently ordered to rest by medics. However, she plans to attend Sunday’s service at the cenotaph’s war memorial.

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According to tradition, men wore suits while women dressed in black. All of them adorned their outfits with pins in the shape of a red poppy, a symbol used since 1921 to commemorate soldiers who died in the war.

Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2nd from right) and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) arrive to attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 13, 2021.

Geoff PUGH/POOL/AFP via Getty

The poppy symbol is believed to be from John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”, a poem about the First World War. The opening stanza reads as follows:

In the fields of Flanders the poppies are blowing
Between the crosses, row after row,
Which mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Rare heard among the cannons below.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2nd from right) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) arrive to attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 13, 2021.
Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2nd from right) and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) arrive to attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 13, 2021.

Geoff PUGH/POOL/AFP via Getty

This year’s event marks the centenary of the Royal British Legion and reflects the different ways the charity has supported the armed forces community. The Festival will also commemorate the 100 years of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

In addition, we will remember the 30th anniversary of Operation Granby, the largest deployment of British forces since World War II. The program will honor members of the Armed Forces who deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Pitting in 2021.

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