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Festival honours fallen soldiers
Servicemen covered in symbolic poppy petals
Thousands of petals were used to symbolised those killed in conflicts
Hundreds of ex-servicemen and women joined senior royals and the prime minister at Saturday's annual Festival of Remembrance.

They packed London's Royal Albert Hall to pay their respects to those killed fighting for their country.

The event involved a service, followed by a two-minute silence in which poppy petals were dropped to symbolise those killed over the years.

The Queen and the Prince of Wales were among the royals at the event.

Prince Charles was joined by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, who accompanied him to the event for the first time.

The event provided a mixture of entertainment - through performance by military bands - and solemn reflection.

Victoria Cross

Tony Blair and his wife Cherie were the first dignitaries to arrive for the event and were closely followed by Princess Anne and her husband, Commander Tim Laurence.

Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Kent and the Duke of York were also at the event.

Private Johnson Beharry, who earlier this year received the Victoria Cross for heroism in Iraq, was among those taking part.

He took part in the Laying Up of The Drums and The Book of Remembrance.

Prior to the event, the 26-year-old spoke to members of an earlier generation, including Chelsea Pensioners, who attended dressed in their traditional scarlet tunics.

Frank Chambers, 89, from London and formerly of the Royal Fusiliers, and James McLelland, 68, from Coatbridge, Scotland, who was in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, said: "We were very pleased to meet him."


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