She joined the Queen, Prince Philip and a host of other royals for the performance.
More about the event via the Royal Albert Hall website:
The Festival of Remembrance, held in honour of those who have given their lives in the service of their country, has been marked at the Royal Albert Hall annually since 1923.
The Festival has been broadcast on BBC radio since 1927, and has become a popular televised event on BBC One each year.
Other members of the royal family in attendance included Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
Details on tonight’s program from Hello!:
The event marks the centenaries of women’s service in the regular Armed Forces, the Battle of Passchendaele, the creation of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn.
Below, the women taking part in the portion of the program honoring 100 years of women’s services: on the left, Squadron leader Gemma Lonsdale; in the center, Joan Picton, who read the citation; and on the right, Lieutenant Colonel Lucy Giles.
Kate and Prince Andrew.
William is in Wales for the Wales vs. Australia rugby match. He is now patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, taking on that duty from the Queen.
Now to what Kate wore for tonight’s performance.
The Duchess was in a black velvet evening coat by Catherine Walker.
It appears to be a long version of the brand’s ‘Caressa’ jacket. The piece is crafted from silk velvet, and described as having a “structured, nipped in silhouette with a gentle flick at the hem.” The oversize Swarovski buttons are made of jet, glass and silver.
UPDATE Sunday AM: There are comments about Kate wearing “another coatdress” yesterday. It is not a coatdress. Here is the best image I have showing a portion of a dress underneath.
We saw the return of the Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings, so called because that is the jeweler that created them. They were a gift to the late Diana, Princess of Wales and part of her private jewelry collection. Below, the Duchess wearing them at the Spain state banquet in July.
Below left, Kate wearing them at ceremonies in Belgium commemorating the Battle of Passchendaele; on the right, a better view of them the night of the Spain state banquet.
This is the clutch that was a longtime UFO until November 2014 when a helpful reader shared her pictures of the bag (our original post on the bag identification is here). Below you see the bag tonight and in 2014, along with one of the photos shared by our anonymous reader.
MAR 28 2018: Kate M Cambridge pointed out on Twitter that Carole Middleton has also carried this handbag.
Kate wore a poppy we’ve not seen before; it looks like it is made from felt. I included a similar style from the Poppy Shop; the lighting better shows how a felt pin looks. Last year the Duchess wore the ‘Callas’ evening coat from Temperley London (original post here). In 2015 she was in a Dolce and Gabbana lace dress (original post here).
Thousands of poppy petals rain down on the audience during two minutes of silence, followed by the national anthem.
And active duty service men and women lead three cheers for HM.
This is such a nifty picture of HM as she is leaving the event, I had to add it to the post.
We will see you tomorrow for Remembrance Sunday events.
- Visit the Royal British Legion website here; the organization’s Facebook page is here and its Twitter feed is here
- The Legion’s online Poppy Shop is here; if interested in the history of the event, click here
- The Mirror’s photo gallery is here; Just Jared’s gallery is here; the Fug Girls gallery is here
- The Daily Mail’s story is here; The Sun’s coverage is here; The Express story is here; the Hello! story is here