Saturday, 9 November 2019

The Royal Family Gathers for Festival Of Remembrance

The Royal family gathered at the Royal Albert Hall tonight for the annual Festival of Remembrance.


During Remembrance Week, Her Majesty and members of the Royal family, lead the nation in commemorating and honouring the men and women who have sacrificed themselves in service to our country. The period in November marks one of the rare occasions when see the family together in large numbers.


I often hear readers from outside the UK comment on how the UK pays tribute to our fallen heroes. I believe it is not only an honour to do so, but vital for future generations to remember those who gave their today for our tomorrow.


The royals were greeted by Mr Ian McCulloch, President of the Royal Albert Hall, and Lieutenant General James Bashall, President of the Royal British Legion.


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving.


Each year the Festival of Remembrance focuses on specific themes. This year, it marks the 75th anniversaries of the great battles of 1944 - Monte Cassino, Kohima and Imphal, D-Day -  and the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them. It also celebrates the role of GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters responsible for signals intelligence) and the role of those in the secret service whose efforts are not publicly known.


The event has been held at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1927. Her Majesty has been patron of the Royal British Legion since 1952, only missing two festivals in the many years since.


Other royals in attendance included the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and the Duke of Kent. Camilla had been feeling very poorly during the week with a severe chest infection which forced her to miss several engagements, so it's good to see she's on the mend and felt well enough to attend tonight.


Ahead of the arrival of the royals, the hanging of the hammercloth takes place. Archivist Suzanne Keyte said: "There are many things that an archivist expects to find as part of their job, but one of the most unusual and rather lovely jobs at the Royal Albert Hall is caring for the hammercloth and ensuring that it is hung from the balcony in the Royal Box whenever the reigning monarch visits the Hall. The hammercloth is a beautiful and very heavy velvet curtain bearing the Royal Coat of Arms and the initials of the reigning monarch of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. The origin of the word ‘hammercloth’ is rather vague but was usually meant to mean the heavily embroidered cloth that hung over a coachman’s seat on horse drawn coaches, often embroidered with a coat of arms."


The Royal British Legion's annual festival commemorates those who have lost their lives in service of their country.


It takes place on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, with two performances on the day - a matinée open to members of the public and an evening event for members of the Legion, their families, officials and royals.


Presented by Huw Edwards, performers included James Blunt and Leona Lewis singing alongside the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Band of HM Royal Marines.


Actor and pianist Jeff Goldblum takes to the stage with ballroom dancers.


Tonight's event also paid tribute to the company of RFA Mounts Bay who were instrumental in delivering supplies and aid to the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian this year.


The Torch of Remembrance was carried by 3rd Officer Sarah Stevens.


The citation was read by Captain Rob Anders: "We honour the Commonwealth nations and our allies who joined Britain in defending its freedoms, values and way of life."


The Duke and Duchess watching the performance.


The Chelsea Pensioners choir performed 'The Old Brigade'.


Actor Daniel Mays read the poem 'The Red Poppies on Monte Cassino" as newsreel of the battle played. It is one of the best known Polish military songs of WWII.


D-Day veteran Eddie Gains talked about landing in Normandy: "When you think about all the lives lost, it's very important to remember, I'm lucky to have survived."


The Duchess was elegant in a navy dress which falls below the knee with a fitted velvet black belt. As it's a Remembrance event, the designer of the garment is not known. It's likely a bespoke piece, possibly by one of Kate's most trusted brands such as Alexander McQueen or Jenny Packham.


Kate debuted a new sparkly headband by ZARA (with thanks to Shorty KC). The £22 padded headband features tonal appliqué.


The Duchess accessorised with the Queen's pearl on diamond earrings. She's worn them on multiple occasions.


Kate wore her black velvet Jimmy Choo Romy 100 pumps. She debuted them for last year's Festival of Remembrance.


It appears Kate's clutch is a McQueen piece.


Kate wore three poppies on a brooch.


Last year, Kate visited the Imperial War Museum to learn more about the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War. It's likely the three poppies are in memory of Francis, Maurice and Lionel Lupton who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


The Festival of Remembrance will be televised on BBC One at 9 pm. We'll see William and Kate and many others royals for Remembrance Sunday tomorrow morning.

82 comments:

  1. Thanks, Charlotte. Looking forward to the full post.

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  2. On first glance, it seems rather serviceable, but I appreciate the lovely neckline. And Kate looks splendid in everything! She has one of her favored headbands, and I think she may have diamond earrings, which I'm going to look for. I bet the dress ends up looking much prettier on later shots.

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    1. I agree. Serviceable but not great. Of course, fashion isn’t the point tonight. I agree with Charlotte’s assessment that it’s McQueen or possibly Emilia Wickstead. I like the headband too, and they’re very on trend right now.

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    2. I disagree. This dress with its fabulous neckline, is very chic, elegant in a cunningly simple way. It shows off her amazing her figure, and is perfect for the occasion. Love the headband!

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    3. Jeanne, I'm with you & you said it so well. x

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  3. She is shinning as a bright star! XOXOXOX

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    1. Yes! She truly is! Love the headband & the best accessory is her smile! :) xx

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  4. Gourgeos! I guess this dress is Jane Pakhan! It's very similar to a black dress that she wore in New Zeland. Thanks Charlotte once more time! I rarely comment, but today I have to. Since tomorrow, I have thinking that Catherine could were some hade piece! I can't believe that she wore one! She's beautiful!

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  5. I'm really liking this look! The bateau neckline takes the sombre colour away from her face a little; the headband makes her hairdo more formal, and I prefer sheer dark tights with a black dress on anyone. Very nice.

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  6. Once again, Kate shows how to respect the deceased. Hair, makeup, dress, shoes = perfection.
    QE, Camilla, Anne and Sophie, as usual, have perfected the royal look. Birgitte adds a new look with the 2 beautiful pins.
    Nicely done, ladies.

    Jane

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    1. Jane, I guess there's no exact uniform but everyone looks lovely in their own style, I agree. Kate and Sophie are wearing the neckline that tabloids like to associate with Meghan and they look beautiful. Someone is wearing little boots, which is probably a smart thing to wear in the weather. Meghan has a lovely "vintage" sort of dress, which seems quite appropriate. Camilla looks lush with her velvet and pearls. The Queen looks radiant in black and diamonds! And Anne looks well dressed as usual. Funny how you could not play "musical clothes" and switch the outfits among the women, yet everyone, male and female, is atune to the seriousness of the event.

      I often think the Queen must be focused in a different way having lived through World War II. It must have been so incredibly scary not knowing what the outcome would be at the time. I like Kate's family connections with the women who were coders and the brothers who died.

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    2. Beautifully said. We respect the dead by living our lives in a manner that shows their sacrifice is honored every day. The sacrifice of my parents’ WWII generation bought my comfortable,well-fed, peaceful, life growing up in the 1950s. Kate’s family gave their fair measure of devotion, as did millions of others. It has nothing to do with one’s frock at an evening concert. They all looked lovely.

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  7. Oh dear. This look combines most of my least favorite Kate choices: the Anne Boleyn headband, the awkward hemline that falls at a place which highlights her relatively short calves, a belt that’s placed way too high compared to her actual waistline, and a bespoke dress which looks like hundreds of others of dresses she’s worn before. Why not recycle rather than wear a brand new dress that looks exactly the same as maybe 40 other dresses already in the closet, down to the exact shade of midnight blue?

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    1. Awwwww that's a bit harsh. Imagine if people commented on your calf size. Comment on her outfits yes but maybe keep it a tad kinder ✨

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    2. short calves ?? nope, you're wrong, but Catherine does have rather long waist.
      If you can observe well, whenever Catherine is on duties, formal ceremonies or attending a tradition related to her royal status, all her outfits are actually her "working uniform". Hence, it is not a fashion runway which you may expect of her. Her attires will be simple, appropriate, understated but elegant, classy and regal.
      Catherine needs not make fashion statement because she looks good in anything including potato sacks and she does re-wear her clothes, even those worn many years ago.

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    3. "If I can observe well?" I do observe well and this hemline's not flattering to her. But I guess nowadays if you say that the stans will come after you.

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    4. That's only your opinion though Ivy as I for one love the hemline and think it suits her and her calves beautifully 💜

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    5. I got a chuckle out of your acerbic remarks, Ivy. I see what you mean, although the neckline and her reliably glorious hair save it for me. The hemline is a difficult one for most women. I imagine that’s why she donned the sheer black hose.

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    6. Well, I think this length is not universally flattering, but Kate has the height for it, and I think her legs look great in it. If we are being personal, I would say she has very nice legs. Never thought about calves and their length...

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    7. Ivy, Remembrance is a sombre occasion which does not call for flattering hemline to show one's legs, and to think that you stated "....nowadays if you say that the stans will come after you" without even knowing whether or not I'm a fan of Catherine. I visit this blog on and off to get fashion tips/inspiration (special credit goes to Charlotte for her wonderful posts) but I'm not in the league of any royal fans.
      If you find yourself end up criticising Catherine's apparel most of the time, my suggestion is, maybe you should join other royal blogs, like that of Mary of Denmark, Charlene of Monaco, Letizia of Spain, just to name a few. Maybe their fashion choices suit your taste better. I'm just suggesting.

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    8. Dee, Adelaide Australia. 🇦🇺11 November 2019 at 13:08

      My darling Mum always taught me ... “if you haven’t got anything nice to say, then don’t say it”. We’ve been given some accidental views of Catherine’s legs ... and they’re spectacular! If you remember, Harry wanted to talk about them in his Best Man speech at W&C’s wedding.
      She looks absolutely gorgeous tonight, sorry Ivy, I hope you’re ok with me disagreeing with you. I love everything about it .... her hair is now just like her engagement days, full and bouncy. Her makeup is immaculate, she’s glowing. Her dress is appropriate and elegant, and whilst headbands aren’t my favourite thing, she wears it perfectly, and it suits her. She looks regal, elegant, stunning and beautiful. This isn’t an “oh dear” moment for me ... it’s an “oh WOW!” 😊😊

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  8. Courtney H Providence Village9 November 2019 at 21:55

    Love ALL of it except the headband. It just doesn’t fit with the dress to me. Headbands are not very formal to me I suppose. She’s glowing and radiant otherwise!

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  9. She looks gorgeous. I do not think it is the oak leaf brooch under the poppies. I love seeing all the members of the Royal Family at this event.

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  10. I have been looking forward to this post all day and just wish that we were able to watch the show here in the US. My father was in the DDay invasion force so these events mean a lot to me. I love how you anticipate exactly what I (and I am sure so many others of your readers) want to know. Just as I was asking myself "I wonder where the term "hammercloth" comes from?" you are there providing the answer. Thank you! AnneHH

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  11. Zora from Prague9 November 2019 at 22:14

    I love simple and elegant dresses such as this one. Kate looks beautiful.
    The UK's attitude to honouring the fallen soldiers is outstanding. It is so important not to forget about the past.
    Thank you so much, Charlotte!

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    1. I agree Zora, Kate looks beautiful. The neckline of the dress, the colors, the headband, all very elegant and quite fitting for the occasion. She is her usual pulled together self. I particularly love this occasion to see the Royal Family together to honor their soldiers. It is important to never forget. Love the panned out picture of the BRF in the balcony, they look great together, each with their own beautiful sense of style, on this very moving night. Ditto on the thank you to Charlotte for a very nice post that is greatly appreciated. cc

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    2. Zora and CeCe, I totally agree! I too love simple and elegant dresses such as this one. Kate looks beautiful and has been knocking it out of the park! I too love the neckline and headband. A very moving night, and I also ditto on the thank you to Charlotte...always so informative and well written.

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  12. Now that I see the full post, I am liking Kate's outfit more. I think the headpiece is fun, and I love her clutch. It must be such a moving event, and I'm sure a lot of people enjoy watching it. We don't seem to have such moving events in the US---our July Fourth events try but are not as stirring. Perhaps it is because even though the US lost so many in the war, we were never attacked on the mainland. We did not have to hide in London during the bombing. There was never the real fear that our country would be taken over. So glad that Camilla is better, and I love to see all the "working" members of the family together in fairly similar attire.

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    1. While we may not have national formal corporate services for our veterans in the US, I think it is important to remember that our country remembers and recognizes their lives, service, and sacrifice in other ways. We have memorials dedicated to them where people can visit and reflect, we have Arlington National Cemetery along with cemeteries for veterans across the country, local cities have services and parades to honor them across the country on Veterans' Day, and there are organizations that work hard to provide help and support to veterans and their families. While I would welcome more corporate forms of remembrance, I know that many families, individuals, cities, and communities take time to remember and support our veterans in whatever ways they can. I think one of the greatest ways we can honor their sacrifice and service is by ensuring that our country remains a strong republic and democracy, always striving to be a more perfect union focused on true equality for all.

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    2. Allison, I agree that the UK seems to do a better job with upholding their tradition of honoring their soldiers. It may be because the war was so close to them and it affected their daily life at home that they don't ever want to take peace for granted. But while I think the UK does a better job, there are US memorials and there are some stirring moments when the honoring really brings to home what it actually means to fight in a war. I am sharing something that my ex-mother-in-law sent to me in May when the US had their memorial service....it doesn't matter if you were English or American when you are a soldier fighting in a war. I think the video speaks for itself. cc

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdzWRdZgan0

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    3. Allison, it might interest you to know that my family stories recount the extreme fear those living on the West coast of the United States felt after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. There was widespread fear and expectation of Japanese bombings in all the major cities from San Diego to Seattle. My grandfather even moved his family from Portland, Oregon, to the country 50 miles away because of safety concerns. But I do appreciate that this was far different from the feelings the British had in their expectation of a Nazi invasion and having to experience the relentless bombings all over the country.

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    4. Allison, this tradition began after World War I when Britain’s young men had been cut down in their thousands in that horrible conflict. We in the States suffered nothing like it. We seem to do more on Memorial Day than on what I recall as Armistice Day in my family. It was specifically to observe the end of fighting in the Great War.

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    5. I don’t like those headbands but clearly she loves them. A nice understated look all in all. I’d like to see Meghan’s dress on Camilla and Kate’s dress on Meghan. Kate already has similar looks in her wardrobe, she generally looks well in all her choices.

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    6. While it's true there is ideological "division" in the US, and you are correct, Allison, the worlds wars weren't fought on our mainland, I suspect the lack of a national memorial service on Nov 11 could be for a more prosaic reason. The US is huge compared to the UK--- about 3.8 million square miles compared to about 93,700 square miles in the UK. We have four time zones--- the UK has one. Given our size/spread, it's hard to gather folks together for one meaningful main event like the Whitehall event. But we do have many local events-- memorial services and parades.

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  13. Very nice dress, one of her best looks though not so keen on headband. Don't think the stem of brooch looks like oak leaf

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  14. Kate looks lovely! Nice sleek navy dress but not keen on the dark hose. The black or are they navy hose makes it a little frumpy I think.

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  15. Beautiful. Love the headband, which is really in style this season. The Queen looks terrific and so lovely. Such a moving night. Great post as always Charlotte ❤️

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    1. Well said Tedi! cc

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    2. ❤️Thanks CeCe. It’s so nice to see some of the old crowd still here. I miss reading Julia’s comments. I do read Rebecca in Sweden from time to time.

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    3. Tedi, where do you find Rebecca's comments? I haven't seen her here for quite a while and I miss her, as well as Julia.

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    4. Tedi, I too miss Julia's comments, which were usually always thought provoking and informative. Haven't seen Rebecca in Sweden comments in a while, always liked that she was usually the first to post. cc

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    5. I miss them too!

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    6. Zora and CeCe, the last time that I remember Rebecca commenting was when Charlotte arrived for her first day of school, on September 5th. She may have left a comment since then, but I don’t recall seeing one.❤️

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    7. Glad that Camilla is feeling better.

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    8. Thank you Tedi. I do hope she's OK. As I don't follow any social media apart from this blog I wouldn't have a chance to see her on Instagram etc.
      Another commenter I miss is Eve from Germany... oh well, this is life!
      Have a beautiful day!

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  16. Everyone looks lovely, glad Camilla was well enough to attend such an important event on the royal calendar, I love Catherine’s look, the dress is beautiful, I look forward to your post tomorrow, thank you for all that you do

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  17. The Festival of Remembrance and Remembrance Sunday are so important and it’s good to see all the royals out in force. Tonight’s event was particularly poignant for me as my grandfather fought at Monte Cassini and I have vivid memories as a teenager of him recounting some of his experiences. It is clear, with the benefit of hindsight and modern mental healthcare insights, that like so many of the men and women who fought in the First and Second World Wars that he suffered all his remaining life from PTSD and mental health problems as a result of his experiences. Sadly, there was no support for ex-military as there is these days and I can only guess at what he and others suffered. It’s so important that we continue to honour the fallen and never forget. Annie, UK

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    1. It is so true that so many suffered from the violence of wars before mental health was recognized (PTSD was not an official diagnosis until 1980). After the Civil War, similar symptoms were referred to as “nostalgia” or “Soldier’s Heart”, after WWI called “shell shock”, and after WWII called “battle fatigue” or “combat fatigue”. Sadly, all had negative connotations and those who suffered were seen as being weak. Like your grandfather, Anonymous, my great Uncle fought at Iwo Jima in WWII and only spoke of the horror once the rest of his life. He went from a happy, positive man before the war to someone no one recognized. Thank goodness, there is help now. If only the wars would end.

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  18. I'm so thankful the BRF does this, I think the clothes on everyone are lovely. I wish Memorial Day in the USA was treated with more recognition. For those who don't know, in the years after the War of 1861-1865, particularly in the Southern states, families would go to battlefields, locations of mass graves, and cemeteries; clean the graves, do landscaping, and place flowers at the end of May. That became known as Decoration Day and traditionally was on May 30. In 1967 it was officially named Memorial Day and in 1968 the Uniform Holiday Act set it to be on the last Monday in May so it was a three day weekend. Thus Memorial Day is the US day to remember those fallen in all wars, while Veterans Day on November 11 recognizes living veterans. Sadly, that three day weekend in May means most people just think of it as a day to celebrate the start of summer. I really appreciate your posts Charlotte, and thank you for giving us all a place to remember and reflect on the cost of conflict. As an American who had ancestors on both sides of the conflict of 1861-1865, I am saddened by the erasure of monuments of some of those mass graves. Somewhere in Barry County, Missouri there is a mass grave of men who died of disease and wounds on the march back from Arkansas. The only record we have of the burial location of my third great grandfather James M. Tucker is the orphans pension of his children that says that is where he died.

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    1. To amplify your post Arizona Girl, we have three recognitions in the US. Memorial Day, first known as Decoration Day and established to honor the dead of the Civil War, then renamed Memorial Day to include all dead. Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day to recognize the end of WWI and honor all who served living or dead in that war. And then renamed Veterans Day and expanded to include all who served living or dead in all wars. And we have Armed Forces Day to recognize all who currently serve.

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    2. There are plenty of places in the USA where Memorial Day is treated with respect. There are small parades and services at cemeteries. The coverage for USA public figures at ceremonies has lessened and that’s very sad. Also, cemetery rules have changed. My grandparents gravesite had beautiful hydrangea bushes and geraniums. Kept small and trim. Planted in the 1940s to honor an Aunt who died at age 18, and replanted and kept beautifully. The family was forced to take them out In 2011 to allow for lawn mowing. We aren’t raising young people to treat the gravesites with reverence. People may not know where their family members are buried or live where they can tend the gravesite.

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  19. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but: once cambridge children grow up marry everyone is pushed down further in the line. It will be George then his off spring and so on unless something happens then it's Charlotte and her offspring and so on

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    1. Absolutely correct Anon 00:05 😊

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    2. Annette New Zealand10 November 2019 at 03:44

      Yes you are right. For example Princess Margaret was at first next in line to Princess Elizabeth until the present Queen began to have children and Margaret was gradually moved further down the accession as more children were born and then the Queen's grandchildren and great grandchildren moved Margaret's descendants further down. The same will happen to Prince Harry as William's children grow up and start reproducing.

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    3. Basically yes. When Charles is King H&M will probably move into the front row next to them. But once George (and wife) starts attending, they will take up that spot, putting the ditect line in front again.
      Charlotte and Louis will take up spots similar to where H&M was sitting. And yes since there is limited seating in the royal box, that means somebody loses their seat. I remember the unofficial reason why Harry never attended before he was married and W&K seldom attended in the early years, was that they don’t want to take a seat away from the older generation.

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    4. Rachel, I agree. I think William has been very mindful of that. He said so in an interview, long ago. I don't remember the wording, but he was clear about not wanting the older generation to stop because of him. In fact, it was at the time people spoke about his supposed reluctance, and I thought it explained a lot.
      I must be painful to see how as you become older, you are pushed to the side by the new generation and are less and less relevant, even if you know it is how things work.

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  20. She is looks beautiful and it’s wonderful the UK celebrate the Veterans in this way! I love it!! As a Veteran myself, it’s an honor to see that and the royal family showing support and appreciation. ❤️

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  21. I realize I may be in the minority but is mixing navy and black a thing?

    I’m struggling with this look. I do not like the dark hose with it. I like Kate in some headbands especially when she has a more structured torso, but for me this headband is too stiff for the softness of the dress.

    I didn’t realize they open this up to the public for matinee.

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  22. Well I love this dress....I like the simplicity and agree with the comment above that the neckline takes the black away from her face and lightens it. Maybe it just me...but I don't think the dress is navy/midnight blue. I did when I looked at it on my phone, but now that I am on my monitor it clearly is black to me. Always tricky to tell. I have not been a fan of all of the Duchess's headbands but this one I like. It doesn't stand out and has some glitter which makes it evening appropriate. But more so I think it is the way her hair is styled with it...back and off her face and shoulders so you can clearly see the poppies. Lovely simple but elegant look tonight.

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  23. She looks fantastic. Elegant and understated, but young and vibrant. Well done!
    Also, glad to see camila is feeling better!

    Annie
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  24. Kate looks stunning as usual. I love the use of black on navy, the neckline, hair and and accessories. Kate has such a beautiful confidence and glow. Thought Kate, Camilla, Sophie were all so appropriate and the Queen just beautiful!

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    1. All of the royal party looked appropriately dressed for an evening concert of remembrance. I find your omission offensive.

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    2. greybirdk, I think you are looking for slights where none were intended.

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  25. she looks divine in that look the british royal fam honouring the veterans and showing support and respect veternas

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  26. Kate looks lovely as always, and this is certainly a moving and special occasion. It is nice to see all the family there.

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  27. Thank you Charlotte for this post and all your very wonderful posts. I love and appreciate them! Patricia

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  28. Kate looks fab Yet again Kate leads the ways in how to dress for an occasion So regal Kate and Will always hit the right note

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  29. She looks elegant and has a beautiful figure thanks Charlotte for the post thanks to all the men and women who served for our freedom

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  30. I'm going to say it....both Meghan and Kate both wearing black and navy..... and they both look lovely

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  31. So respectful, beautiful, and classy. I really love this woman and she's representing the Royal Family with so much grace, poise, and class. I love her oufit it's respectful and appropriate for this somber occasion❤

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  32. Regardless of whether the dress is my favorite, yer face looks stunning, young and glowing.

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  33. The dress is elegant! Lovely, tailored, gorgeous belt. The headband was a mistake. Too distracting. Yes, the dress needed something to make it a little more formal, but she could have done that with some lovely jewelry, perhaps a diamond necklace or pearls to go with those beautiful earrings.

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  34. Thank you Charlotte, for your wonderful post, highlighting the show. What a fitting tribute to all those who have sacrificed!

    I thought Kate looked beautiful & elegant. Love the cut of the dress and adding the belt gave a nice finishing touch. Not a headband fan, but she wears it well and it gave a little sparkle without going over the top.
    I thought William looked nice also, just wondering did he and Harry have the same pattern tie on?

    I noticed also from a picture in the paper Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner was wearing a Temperly London coat we have seen kate in before. A previous Remembrance Day? It caught my eye because I always wanted Kate to wear it again.

    Looking forward to reading more posts!



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  35. The dress is okay, but the neckline is very flattering, lovely. Not a fan of the headband, but the Duchess looks very elegant. Love the little black clutch and pearl, diamond earrings.

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  36. Tammy from California10 November 2019 at 19:38

    Kate looks STUNNING. I normally am not a fan of the big headbands, but tonight it is beautiful. I LOVE her dress. Showing a tiny bit of shoulder but still very modest. Love all of it!

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  37. Again, Kate misses the mark for me. Black tights are pretty old fashion but ok if you don’t wear them with blue. This dark blue-black thing makes me shudder. The whole look is pretty dated in my opinion (and not dated enough to be called vintage). She should drop the headbands. Blair Waldorf couldn’t make them fashionable and Kate won’t either.
    On a positive note. I am very happy to see Wiliam and Kate be more present and prominent with the Queen. They had a long time with less work and are finally stepping into their future roles.
    C.

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