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Royals commemorate UK WWI armistice

By AAP Newswire

The Queen and British Prime Minister Theresa May have paid tribute to those who fought in the First World War at a remembrance event marking a century since the Armistice.

The Royal Family stood as thousands of audience members held aloft photos of those who took part in the conflict, and descendants stood in the middle of the Royal Albert Hall with pictures of their ancestors.

May and her husband Philip held aloft photos of two of her ancestors, including Private Hubert Brasier Grant, of the East Surrey Regiment, who died at Passchendaele in 1917 aged 19.

Alongside the Queen in the royal box were other senior royals including princes Charles, William, Harry and their wives Catherine and Meghan.

All were dressed in dark clothing as they watched from the box, giving standing ovations to welcome the Chelsea Pensioners and bereaved family members.

The Queen raised her right hand in acknowledgement twice after the crowd sang the national anthem.

Tom Jones led the musical performances, singing Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer alongside the RAF Squadronaires.

The Last Post sounded before poppies began to fall to the floor, forming a poignant carpet of red.

The hall was bathed in silence as the petals fluttered down, some falling on to the caps of servicemen and women standing below.