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Queen attends Royal British Legion remembrance festival

The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance. Credit: PA

The Queen and other members of the royal family attended the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance on Saturday evening.

Her Majesty was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the event at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Royal Albert Hall. Credit: PA

The festival, held on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, commemorates all those who lost their lives in conflicts.

The festival gets underway at the Royal Albert Hall. Credit: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn were also among those attending the event.

Members of the royal family at the festival. Credit: PA

Chinese President to be welcomed by the Royal family

President of China Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Credit: PA

The Chinese President will receive a ceremonial welcome from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Charles and Camilla will greet President Xi and his wife at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where they stayed on their first night in the UK.

The President and his wife will then be escorted to the Horse Guards Parade where they will receive a formal welcome from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Human rights groups are expected to protest in St James’s Park over censorship, curbs on civil society and detention of human rights lawyers and activists in China.

Mr Xi will address the Houses of Commons and Lords at Westminster in the afternoon before having a private meeting with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

During their stay in Britain, Mr Xi and his wife will stay as guests of the Queen at Buckingham Palace.


'Touched' Queen 'never aspired' to set monarchy record

The Queen has said she had "never aspired" to become Britain's longest-reigning monarch but was "thankful" for the messages received on the historic day.

"A long life can pass by many milestones," she said as she opened a new railway line in Scotland. "My own is no exception."

She said she and the Duke of Edinburgh were "delighted to be back in the Borders" as she unveiled the new Scottish Borders Railway alongside Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Many including you, First Minister, have kindly noted another significance attaching to today, although it is not one to which I have ever aspired.

Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception.

But I thank you all, and the many others at home and overseas, for your touching messages of great kindness.

– The Queen

Sturgeon praises Queen's 'dedication and wisdom'

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to the Queen during the inauguration of the new £294 million Scottish Borders Railway.

Ms Sturgeon said the Queen's reception showed the "strong admiration and affection" felt for her in Scotland.

"You have carried out your duties with dedication, wisdom and an exemplary sense of public service," she said.

"You are admired and held with great affection and esteem in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world."

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