Armed Forces pay a spectacular tribute to fallen heroes at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance

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Photographer: Corporal Rob Kane - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Members of the Armed Forces paid tribute to their fallen predecessors at The Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday, Saturday 12 November

Service personnel and military musicians joined the Royal Family to commemorate all those who have lost their lives in conflict and pay tribute to those who have served their country.

Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort were joined by Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace and Ministry of Defence ministers for an evening performance that highlighted the involvement of Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force personnel in HM Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Photographer: Corporal Rob Kane – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The ceremony, broadcast on BBC One, also showcased the British-led operation to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine and efforts to support the NHS.

Brigadier Justin Stenhouse DSO MBE,Commander of the British Army’s 11th Security Force Assistance Brigade, was given the honour of carrying the Book of Remembrance into the hall in acknowledgment of 11 Brigade’s role in leading the multinational military operation to train and support members of the Ukraine Armed Forces. 

Photographer: Corporal Rob Kane – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

He was accompanied by the Ukrainian Defence Attaché and 20 personnel drawn from Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force Regiment units that have been delivering training.

Staff Sergeant Felicia Watkinson MBE, a military clerk who has served with the British Army around the world, was one of three serving and ex-service personnel to reflect on what HM Queen Elizabeth II’s life of service meant to them, following a screening of pre-recorded interviews with Armed Forces members who were involved in the HM Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

A military muster of 330 members of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force was formed towards the end of the performance, with musical interludes provided throughout by musicians of The Band of the Household Cavalry, The Central Band of the RAF and The Band of His Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and Collingwood.

This included a tri-service performance to open the festival.

The State Trumpeters, who played the Cavalry Reveille, were the same team that played the Last Post and Reveille for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in Westminster Abbey.  

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