Royal British Legion Festival Of Remembrance 2023 | Preview (BBC One)
HM King Charles III and Queen Camilla and other members of the royal family attend the Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Clare Balding hosts, with performances from music artists, including British soul legend Mica Paris, pop star Calum Scott, Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery, festival favourite Alfie Boe, singer-songwriter Katie Melua, chart-topping DJ duo Sigma featuring Morgan and 14-year-old opera-singing sensation Malaki. The Band of HM Royal Marines and the Band of the Royal Airforce Regiment will create awe-inspiring displays of military music.
This year’s event will commemorate the significant aniversaries of two crucial historical battles. It is 80 years since the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest military campaign of World War II, and the seventieth anniversary of the Korean War, in which many national serviceman fought and died. Veterans from both wars will be present in the hall.
In tribute to the seventy-fifth anniversary of the HMT Empire Windrush's arrival, the festival will honour the extraordinary contributions of the Windrush generation to the military.
Our currently serving personnel will also be celebrated as we hear of the remarkable work of the British Army chaplains in training their Ukrainian counterparts, and we give thanks for the essential role that military families play in supporting those that serve.
Past and present military personnel will come together to be honoured for their service and dedication in defending our freedoms and way of life. As the petals fall in the Royal Albert Hall, the festival will pay tribute to all victims of war and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.