The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were matching in red last night, as they attended the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall.
Prince Harry, who is Captain General of the Royal Marines, looked dapper in his uniform, and coordinated with wife Meghan, who opted for a red caped gown. More on the fashion side of things here.
The event brings together world-class musicians, composers and conductors of the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. The Royal Marines showcase their incredible musicians, and features a wide range of musical styles, including film soundtracks as well as solo pieces. All proceeds from the event go to The Royal Marines Charity and CLIC Sargent.
This year, the performance marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, as well as the 80th anniversary of the formation of Britains Commandos.
The royal couple – who leave duties at the end of this month – got a standing ovation inside the hall.
This is the last time we expect to see The Duke of Sussex in his Royal Marines role; the position, however, is to remain vacant for the next 12 months, until the palace and Harry and Meghan reach their one-year review period. Princess Anne, however, has been tipped to take on the role.
Prince Harry was made Captain General of the Royal Marines in 2017, taking on the position from his grandfather Prince Philip.
After the show, the Royals met the musicians back stage, with laughs aplenty.
Prince Harry wrote a foreword for tonight’s event.
“The Mountbatten Festival of Music continues to be a very special event that brings’ together the world-class musicians, composers and conductors of the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines in an iconic venue,” Harry wrote. “This year, it will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the 80th anniversary of the formation of Britain’s Commandos. I can guarantee you are in for a real treat!
“This Festival is also an opportunity to lift morale and inspire people of all ages, as well as raise much needed awareness and funds for The Royal Marines Charity. This organisation does such a fantastic job of supporting our Corps Family and it is a cause which will always be very close to my heart. I have been lucky to see first-hand the incredible impact the Charity has on serving and veteran Marines, as well as their families. Whether providing welfare grants, contributions towards social activities or helping wounded personnel recover and find new employment opportunities, the Charity is there every step of the way.”