Queen to attend Royal British Legion Festival

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance tonight as the nation begins three days of honouring those who have lost their lives in conflicts past and present.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance Credit: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Other members of the Royal Family will also be present for the event at the Royal Albert Hall, which will feature performances from pop stars James Blunt - a former army officer - and Katie Melua, plus the tenor Alfie Boe and new group the Poppy Girls.

Katie Melua during rehearsals for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, Londo Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The audience of 4,000, including Legion supporters and military families, will be joined by an estimated 5.2 million viewers on television.

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