The King and Queen unveiled statues of the Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as they arrived for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
The life-sized bronzes, commemorating the late Queen and her husband’s dedication to the concert hall, were installed as part of its 150th anniversary.
King Charles appeared emotional as he looked up at the statue of his late mother at Saturday’s unveiling ceremony.
The King and Queen were later accompanied at the festival by nine other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak observed the event from a box to the left of the royals alongside his wife Akshata Murty while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer sat in a separate box to the right with his wife Lady Victoria.
Hosting the annual event, Clare Balding said that servicemen and women who have lost their lives are “kept alive with our words, our memories, our tributes”.
There were performances from British soul singer Mica Paris, pop star Calum Scott, Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery and tenor Alfie Boe, who performed Bring Him Home.
The Princess Royal led a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest military campaign of the Second World War.
This year’s Festival of Remembrance marked 80 years since the battle, which saw around 65,000 seamen lose their lives.
Other tributes at the festival included to the bereaved who have lost loved ones through military service.
Footage marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean War was shown, with contributions from people who had served.
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This notice was published: 2023-11-11 23:44:00
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