Members of the royal family attending tonight’s program at Royal Albert Hall included the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke of York.
Also in the royal box: Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and the Duke of Gloucester. Below right you can see Prime Minister Theresa May.
The annual event is put on by the Royal British Legion and honors “all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.”
This year’s Festival paid tribute to those killed in the Battle of Somme, more from the Legion:
The Battle of the Somme was fought at such terrible cost that it has come to symbolise the tragic futility of the First World War. Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and it was felt deeply at home.
In addition to the military bands and performances, the program included with a duet by Alfie Boe and Michael Ball.
The program wraps up with the Last Post being played…
It concludes with the singing of the national anthem.
Now to what Kate wore this evening.
The Duchess was in the Callas Evening Coat from the Temperley London 2014 pre-fall collection. It is actually a piece we suggested as something that would “work well for Kate” in an August 2014 blog post. Here is a screen grab from the post, it shows the coat fairly well.
Another look at the garment via an old listing on discount site Gilt.com.
The Callas has Kate’s favorite silhouette: a fitted bodice and flared skirt. It is constructed of a floral & diamond pattern jacquard fabric in a wool/polyester/acetate blend. The piece hits just above the knee and features princess seams on the bodice, a high neck, slightly gathered waist, side seam pockets, decorative stitching on the placket and collar and a six-button closure. Here is a closer look at the fabric.
Discount Gilt showed it as originally being priced at $1550 with its last selling price $499. A cached ASOS page shows the coat as originally selling at £995 with a sale price of £400. There was also a Callas skirt by Temperley London.
The first time we saw Kate with the bag was at another event honoring members of the armed forces, the Sun Military Awards in 2011.
It does look like the Duchess wore her Gianvito Rossi black suede pumps. We show them at Net-a-Porter ($670) where they are available in most sizes.
If interested in watching the Festival of Remembrance broadcast, it is available on YouTube for viewing. Our thanks to Vicki for sharing that info in a comment.
We’ll see you tomorrow for Remembrance Sunday.