The annual Remembrance Festival and service took place in the Royal Albert Hell, London, Nov. 7.
GV Albert Hall
GV Duke and Princess Margaret
GV Clergy procession
SHOT of Bishop of Birmingham
GVs as poppies float down from ceiling
COMOPT IN: "We give thee thanks Oh Lord..."
COMOPT OUT: With end of bugle call
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Background: The annual Remembrance Festival and service took place in the Royal Albert Hell, London, Nov. 7. Throughout the day, Poppy Day, British Legion collectors had stood at street corners, in busy highways, gone from house to house selling the familiar red poppy emblems - symbol of remembrance.
In the evening six thousand men and women, soldiers and old comrades crowded the hall on the eve of Remembrance Day. Television cameras relayed the service, conducted by the Bishop of Birmingham and attended by the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret.
After the last hymn, the Last Post and them Reveille, As the bugle call faded away a million red poppies drifted from the ceiling on the silent, sending crowd, Soon the auditorium was inches deep in red petals - end the six thousand remembered.
The following day, officially Remembrance Day, the Duke of Edinburgh led the Royal party at Whitehall Cenotaph as the nation remembered the dead of two world wars and several 'minor' conflicts.