An emotional King Charles was joined by a host of high-profile royals tonight as statues of his late parents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were unveiled at a special festival of remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
The life-sized bronze artworks, commemorating the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s dedication to the Royal Albert Hall, were erected as part of the building’s 150th anniversary.
Charles, 74, was joined by Queen Camilla and the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance, with Kate wearing one of the late Queen’s pearl necklaces.
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent were also in attendance.
As they took their seats, Charles was seen waving to the packed hall.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak observed the event from a box to the left of the royals alongside his wife Akshata Murty while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer sat in a separate box to the right with his wife Lady Victoria.
The event saw the King unveil the statue of his late mother, while Camilla pulled back the curtain on the bust of Prince Philip.
Upon arriving, Charles and Camilla shook hands with two men before they revealed the statues for the first time.
After a countdown of three, Camilla pulled on a golden rope and red velvet curtains revealed the bronze statue of Prince Philip.
Then Charles did the same and unveiled the statue of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September 2022.
Artworks of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, were also unveiled at the Royal Albert Hall this week.
The statues, created by artist Poppy Field, ‘complete’ the building by filling the niches of its north porch, which have been empty since 1871, and its south porch, added in 2003.
Charles and Camilla were seen clapping at various points during the event including at the arrival of the Chelsea Pensioners.