On Saturday 7 November the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance took place at the Royal Albert Hall, uniting the country in support for those who serve and have served, and in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives in conflict.
This year the festival was attended by members of the Royal family, government ministers, as well as members of the Legion and their families, and featured performances by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Queen’s Colour Squadron, the Band of HM Royal Marines, and the Band and Pipes of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
At the #FestivalofRemembrance we pay tribute to those loyally serving our country today
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RoyalAirForce</a> we salute you</p>— RoyalHospitalChelsea (RHChelsea) November 7, 2015
Servicemen and women from all three military services were invited to the Hall, alongside representatives from youth uniformed organisations and uniformed public security services of the City of London, as well as veterans including the Chelsea Pensioners.
The voices and stories of veterans from present and past conflict were heard, while active servicemen and women performed continuity drills, complex marching drills and weapons manoeuvres to music.
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PoppyLegion</a></p>— Sarah Robertson (sarah_robbo) November 7, 2015
2015 marks 70 years since the end of the Second World War, and the centenary of the end of the Battle of Gallipoli, as well as two centuries of service to the crown by the Brigade of Gurkhas, which was marked in the Festival of Remembrance by music and impressive weapons manoeuver by the Band and Pipes of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
Special guests Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart, Gregory Porter and Pixie Lott were invited to perform alongside the military bands.
The service culminated in the observation of a two minute silence, heralded by the Last Post, to pay respect to those who have given their lives in the service of their country, while thousands of red poppies cascaded from the ceiling.
Poignant moment as poppies fall – we remember those of all conflicts past & present— 11 Brigade (@11Brigade) November 7, 2015
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Finally, the congregation of servicemen, servicewomen, veterans, royals and civilians rose for the national anthem, saluting HM the Queen.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them #FestivalofRemembrance— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) November 7, 2015
All photographs © Andy Paradise