King Charles & Queen Camilla Attends Festival of Remembrance: REPORTS

King Charles & Queen Camilla Attends Festival of Remembrance: REPORTS

King Charles and Queen Camilla led the royal family in an annual ceremony to remember those who died in battle.

On Saturday, the royal couple attended the Festival of Remembrance at London’s Royal Albert Hall to remember and honor fallen soldiers from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

The Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra also attended the Festival of Remembrance.

The outfits of King Charles and Queen Camilla, as well as the rest of those in attendance, were completed with red poppy pins, a symbol used since 1921 to commemorate military members who have died in the war.

Despite the fact that this is the first month of Remembrance Day events since Queen Elizabeth died on September 8 at the age of 96, appointing her son Charles as the new monarch, the historic Queen did not attend last year’s ceremonies. After being hospitalized and told by doctors to rest the previous month, the monarch canceled several engagements.

Despite having planned to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph war memorial, Queen Elizabeth backed out at the last minute due to a sprained back. Charles placed a wreath at the Cenotaph on his mother’s behalf.

Buckingham Palace announced in a brief message released on the morning of the service, “Due to a sprained back, the Queen has decided this morning, with great regret, that she will be unable to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph. Her Majesty is disappointed that she will be unable to attend the service.”

Remembrance Sunday was one of the most important days on Queen Elizabeth’s calendar, and she only missed a handful of them during her 70-year reign, such as when she was pregnant or on tour.

Since Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V, laid to rest the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey on November 11, 1920, the royal family has played a central role in Remembrance Day commemorations. Later that day, he unveiled the Cenotaph war memorial in nearby Whitehall.

“The Royal Family is expressing gratitude for the loss of life that has mainly occurred in their name — certainly in the name of the Sovereign as the head of state,” said a spokesperson. Laura Clouting, the author of A Century of Remembrance, previously told PEOPLE about the British military oath.

“Remembrance is very, very personal for them,” she added.

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