On Saturday 10th November Rod Stewart performed for the Queen at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in honour of Britain’s war dead. The Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh for the televised event at the Royal Albert Hall, which was watched by thousands – including the Prime Minister and his wife Samantha, and Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine. Stewart appeared alongside Alexandra Burke, Russell Watson and the Military Wives choir, who performed with former X Factor contestant Jonjo Kerr, who is a private with the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.
Olympians Heather Stanning, Pete Reed and Paralympian Derek Derenalagi also appeared. The Royal British Legion staged the festival, which included the traditional two-minute silence as poppy petals fall from the roof of the Royal Albert Hall, each representing a life lost in war. The event, which had an audience of veterans and their families, was intended as a moving tribute to the country’s fallen. Around 150 personnel from the army, navy and Royal Air Force marked the two-minute silence at 11am local time and a bugler sounded The Last Post before a piper from The Royal Dragoon Guards played a traditional lament. They were joined by coalition representatives from the USA, Denmark, Estonia and Bosnia as well as senior officers from the Afghan National Security Forces