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The Princess Wears Emilia Wickstead for Festival of Remembrance

The Princess Wears Emilia Wickstead for Festival of Remembrance

The Princess of Wales brought back an Emilia Wickstead design for tonight’s Festival of Remembrance. 
A video of the Prince and Princess arrived. 

Put on by the Royal British Legion every year, the festival is held at Royal Albert Hall.
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The King and Queen led the royal contingent.

Also attending, the Duchess of Edinburgh. And her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
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Princess Anne.
And her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
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The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Here you see the Duchess. 
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In this photo, you can see all the royals except the Edinburghs.

Here you have a better view of the Gloucesters. 
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And a very wide shot of the royal box. 
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This year’s event paid “tribute to National Servicemen…marking 70 years since the end of the Korean War. It also acknowledges the unique contribution of the Windrush Generation, 75 years after their arrival in the UK, and honours those who served in the Battle of the Atlantic 80 years ago,” per the Legion’s description.
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The Legion also noted, “As exemplified by the participants of the Invictus Games, we also salute the courage and resilience of those recovering from injuries. It emphasises the unity of people from diverse backgrounds who defended our freedom and way of life.” 
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More on tonight’s events via The Evening Standard’s story

Hosting the annual Royal British Legion 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.

Below, journalist and author Clare Balding.

More about the poppy as a symbol of remembrance via the Imperial War Museum

The poppy is the enduring symbol of remembrance of the First World War. It is strongly linked with Armistice Day (11 November), but the poppy’s origin as a popular symbol of remembrance lies in the landscapes of the First World War.

Poppies were a common sight, especially on the Western Front. They flourished in the soil churned up by the fighting and shelling. The flower provided Canadian doctor John McCrae with inspiration for his poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, which he wrote whilst serving in Ypres in 1915. 

Here is the text of the poem. 

The festival wraps up in silence as poppies fall from the ceiling.

Followed by Serving personnel leading three cheers for The King. 

Before tonight’s performance, King Charles and Queen Camilla unveiled statues at the Royal Albert Hall of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

In the photo above, you also see the President of the Council of the Royal Albert Hall, Ian McCulloch—more from The Daily Mail’s coverage

The life-sized bronze artworks, commemorating the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh‘s dedication to the Royal Albert Hall, were erected as part of the building’s 150th anniversary. The commissioning of the sculptures was awarded following a competition involving a shortlist of seven sculptors supported by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), a charity supporting excellence in British craftsmanship.

Ian McCulloch, president of the Royal Albert Hall, said: ‘It is particularly fitting for our distinctive building to mark the contribution to our history of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who supported and attended the hall devotedly for so many decades.’

The two-metre bronze monuments were created by sculptor Poppy Field. Below, the statue of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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The King during the unveiling ceremony. 

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Now for our look at what Kate wore. 
She was in the Emilia Wickstead dress initially worn for the Governors-General luncheon hosted by King Charles the night before the late Queen’s funeral.

It looks like a custom version of the Jorgie Ruched Flared Crepe Midi Dress (long since sold out) from the pre-fall 2020 collection. You see it below at Harrod’s when the dress was available for purchase. It showcases an A-line silhouette, ruching at the bodice, a pleated and full skirt, and a back zipper. Thank you to Carly of Kate Middleton Style for her background info on the dress.

The Princess accessorized with her Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch, a piece dating back more than a decade.

And her Aquazzura ‘Purist’ pumps ($638) that were first worn when the Princess met with Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska the night before HM’s funeral. Thank you to Middleton Maven for a refresher on the shoe!

The Princess wore the same necklace she paired with the Wickstead dress in September 2022, a triple-strand pearl necklace that belonged to the Queen.

Her earrings tonight were the Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Drop earrings, so-called because the pearls used for the earrings were a wedding gift from the ruler of Bahrain to Princess Elizabeth for her wedding. 

The Princess wore a single poppy this evening, pinned to her dress by the Queen Mother’s Dragoon Guards brooch. There were reports that Brigadier Alan Richmond gave the Princess the brooch on Wednesday when she visited the Guards Regiment. It appears those reports were accurate. 

You see the Queen Mother wearing it in this photo. 
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Last year, the Princess wore the  Self-Portrait Crepe and Chiffon Midi Dress (no longer available)

I will see you tomorrow for the annual Remembrance Sunday coverage. 


ITN’s Royal Family Channel has coverage of the statues being unveiled. 

 A quick video on the evolution of the poppy. 


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Monday 13th of November 2023

Unfortunately I find this dress to be frumpy and dull. The bust and waistline are unflattering and do nothing for her lovely figure. The necklace is too long and the style is just too old-fashioned/mature for her. It reminds me of when my sister and I used to play dress up with my grandmother's jewelry. What worked on HM QEII does not necessarily work on the POW. The earrings are great---thank goodness for real jewelry. I wish we could see more of the broach that is holding the poppy, but it is obscured by her hair.


Monday 13th of November 2023

I have been thinking on this and I really feel that the Princess of Wales may be consciously dialing back the glamour in deference to the new Queen, which would make a lot of sense. It doesn't necessarily explain the somewhat unhinged hairstyle of late--though it has been appropriately reined in for Remembrance Day events--but it does perhaps explain the parade of pantsuits and the other recent fairly simple garb, including this look (which I have no complaints about).

It's true that the PoW's Remembrance Sunday parade outfit was not exactly understated, but it was all repeats from the same event in years past, and therefore not news-making. In any case, everyone looked perfect, and perfectly coordinated, for this event and on Sunday.


Monday 13th of November 2023

@Jessica, I think you are right. She has been dialing it back for some reason. It seems a conscious effort whether her own idea or someone else's suggestion.


Monday 13th of November 2023

Who is the man standing to the right of Princess Anne?


Sunday 12th of November 2023

Simple elegance, wow this is a stunning and timeless frock which when looked at in years to come will stand the test of satorial fashion.

The pearls are gorgeous and feature well on a black background.

Love the heels, a plain and elegant shoe that don't detract from the frock. I am a lover of high heels, they finish off this overall vision.


Sunday 12th of November 2023

This dress is so lovely- just an absolute classic that will look stylish, elegant and beautiful for decades. The full midi skirt looks especially nice on Kate. The pearls are magnificent.

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