The poppy Princess...

Kate (and a ‘re­tired’ Prince Philip) join Royal Fam­ily’s trib­ute to our fallen heroes

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Nick Craven

SOM­BRE AND dressed in black, the Duchess of Cam­bridge watched an emo­tional Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance along with the Queen and other se­nior Roy­als last night.

Kate – who is due to give birth to her third child next April – took her place in the Royal Box at the Al­bert Hall along­side the Duke of York.

Her hus­band Wil­liam, who had ear­lier watched Wales play rugby in Cardiff, will be at to­day’s cer­e­mony at the Ceno­taph for Re­mem­brance Sun­day, com­mem­o­rat­ing the 99th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

Although the ab­sence of Wil­liam and Harry – who at­tended the Eng­land match at Twick­en­ham – had caused some crit­i­cism, Royal sources stressed both were of­fi­cial en­gage­ments as they are pa­trons of the Welsh and English Rugby Unions re­spec­tively.

Prince Philip, who of­fi­cially re­tired from pub­lic du­ties in the sum­mer at the age of 96, joined the Queen. Though look­ing frail, he was keen to pay his re­spects to the fallen as a for­mer naval of­fi­cer who served in the Sec­ond World War.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Corn­wall were also at the event.

Else­where, mil­lions fell si­lent as Big Ben tolled for the first time in months to chime the stroke of 11am on Ar­mistice Day. Par­lia­ment’s clock tower, which has been closed down for re­pairs since Au­gust, marked the be­gin­ning of the twominute si­lence.

To­day, Prince Charles is set to lay a wreath at the Ceno­taph while the Queen looks on. This will be the first t i me s i nce s he came to the throne in 1952 that she has at­tended the event but has not laid t he wreath. Yes­ter­day i t was an­nounced that scores of bell ringers will be re­cruited to help com­mem­o­rate 100 years since the end of the First World War in 2018. Bells will ring out in uni­son from churches and cathe­drals in vil­lages, towns and cities across the coun­try on Novem­ber 11 next year, as they did spon­ta­neously when the Great War ended.

Mil­lions fell si­lent across coun­try as Big Ben tolled

RE­SPECT: The Duchess of Cam­bridge last night

SOM­BRE MOOD: The Queen and Prince Philip at the Al­bert Hall. Top: Kate and Prince An­drew. Mean­while Prince Wil­liam, above, was at the rugby in Cardiff

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