Christmas Service 2018

Editor’s Note: I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Things are horribly behind schedule on the blog – I am hoping to catch up with everything before the new year starts – definitely stay tuned!


The British Royal Family is traditionally celebrating Christmas at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The Royals are attending a church service this morning at St. Mary Magdalene Church. Most Royals walked from Sandringham Estate to the small church, while the Queen traveled by car with the Duke of York. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walked with the Prince of Wales.

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Diplomatic Reception 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending the annual Reception held for the Diplomatic Corps tonight at Buckingham Palace. The Queen hosts the members of the Diplomatic Corps every year at this glittering reception. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are also in attendance.

The couple has attended the special event held in December every year in the past too, this is their 5th appearance (after 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017). It has become an annual favorite for fans as we always see the Duchess in a tiara, although we almost never get good pictures of her entire outfit, as the event itself is private. However, this year turned out to be our lucky year, as a photographer was allowed in to cover the reception.

Guests were welcomed to the palace ballroom. It is used by the Queen for State banquets. The Duke and Duchess mingled with the guests. Sadly enough, the Duke wasn’t shown on any photograph on his own, as the photographer had his or her focus on the female Royals attending.

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The Royal Family attends service to mark the centenary of the end of WW1

The Queen and members of the Royal Family are attending a special service at Westminster Abbey tonight to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The Armistice, ending a grueling war, was signed in France on 11 November 1918.

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The service marks the end of the 2018 Remembrance Day weekend, with the Festival of Remembrance being held at the Royal Albert Hall last night and the poignant ceremony held at the Cenotaph this morning. The service has been added to the day because of the fact that it is exactly 100 years ago today that the Armistice was signed.

Besides the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, many more members of the family are also in attendance. Present tonight are the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent.

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Remembrance Sunday 2018

Following last night’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen and members of the Royal Family are today commemorating the fallen during a ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London. On this day, all fallen members of the armed forces are remembered in Britain. This specific date is chosen because of 11 November being Armistice Day, the day on which the First World War ended in 1918. Many members of the Royal Family are present each year. Those who are born in the Royal Family lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. The spouses watch the ceremony, that includes singing hymns, from the balconies of the Foreign Office. Political leaders and ambassadors from Commonwealth countries also lay wreaths at the monument. Since 2017, the Queen also watches from the balcony, because of her age.

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The ceremony is extra special this year, as World War I ended exactly 100 years ago with the signing of the Armistice in France. Around the world, this important moment in history is commemorated today. In the UK, a special service is held at Westminster Abbey tonight. Members of the Royal Family will be in attendance. The President of Germany, mr. Steinmeier, is also in attendance for the events today.

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Festival of Remembrance 2018

On the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday, the Festival of Remembrance is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. There are two performances a day, a matinée open to members of the public and an evening event for members of the Legion, their families, officials and the Royals. The event is hosted by the Royal British Legion and has been held at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1927. Her Majesty has been patron of the Royal British Legion since 1952, only missing two festivals in the many years since. The Festival commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.

The Festival is extra special tonight, as the world is commemorating the centenary of the end of the World War I tomorrow.

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The Queen and members of the Royal Family watch the Festival from the Royal Box. Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband are also in attendance tonight.

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