Queen Elizabeth, politicians attend sombre Remembrance Day ceremony in London – Global News

Queen Elizabeth, politicians attend sombre Remembrance Day ceremony in London - Global News
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Queen Elizabeth II joined Britons in remembering their war dead, as the countrys political leaders paused campaigning for the Dec. 12 election to take part in a sombre Remembrance Sunday service in London.

The queen, dressed in black, watched from a balcony as her son and heir Prince Charles laid a wreath of scarlet poppies on the Cenotaph war memorial near Parliament.

The Duchess of Cornwall is expected to join the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family for tonight’s Festival of Remembrance, and attend Remembrance Day solemnities at the the Cenotaph tomorrow. However, royal fans are hoping that Camilla will indeed be able to make the engagements, after doctors advised the Duchess to miss out on a Remembrance event this week. Camilla was due to open the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but a chest infection meant she was forced to cancel. 

The 93-year-old monarch, who served as an army mechanic during World War II, performed the wreath-laying for most of her 67-year reign, but has cut back on her public duties. An aide laid a wreath on behalf of the queens 98-year-old husband Prince Philip, who has retired from public engagements.

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The ceremony takes place every year on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary of the end of World War I at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

Thousands of military personnel, veterans and members of the public gathered in the streets around the Cenotaph to honor those killed in that war and subsequent conflicts.

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As Parliaments Big Ben bell sounded at 11 a.m., the crowd fell silent for a two-minute pause. The silence was broken by a single artillery blast and Royal Marines buglers sounding The Last Post.

A military band played as the politicians, religious leaders and diplomats from the Commonwealth of former British colonies laid wreaths on the Portland stone monument inscribed with the words “the glorious dead.”

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A military band played as royals, politicians, leaders from many religious faiths and diplomats from the Commonwealth of former British colonies laid wreaths on the Portland stone monument, erected after World War I and inscribed with the words the glorious dead.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and other politicians paused campaigning for Britain’s Dec. 12 election to join the ceremony on a cold, sunny morning.

The Duchess of Sussex stands alongside the Countess of Wessex & Sir Tim Laurence at the Cenotaph

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and other political leaders took time out from campaigning to join the ceremony on a cold, sunny autumn morning.

For the first time, representatives from across the islands also attended a national memorial ceremony at the Cenotaph in London, where Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of The Queen.

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But the politicians did not entirely steer clear of partisan point-scoring. In a Remembrance Sunday message, Johnson said the Conservative government had established an Office for Veteran Affairs as a sign of my commitment to those who have served.

Across the islands, a two minute silence was observed to reflect on the lives of those killed in the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts around the world.

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In his own message, Corbyn claimed that service personnel have faced pay cuts, service accommodation left in disrepair, and are worried their children are left without the support that they need.

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After the formal wreath-laying, thousands of veterans, war widows and their families marched past the monument to the sound of a military band, applauded by well-wishers lining the sidewalks. Almost everyone wore a red paper poppy — the official symbol of remembrance — on their lapel.

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Similar ceremonies were held in dozens of towns and cities across Britain and at British military bases overseas.

Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of his mother, The Queen, who this year watched the ceremony from the balcony of the Foreign Office alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge.

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LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II joined Britons in remembering their war dead, as the countrys political leaders paused campaigning for the Dec. 12 election to take part in a sombre Remembrance Sunday service in London.

The Duchess of Sussex stood next to the Countess of Wessex and Sir Tim Laurence at the Cenotaph on Sunday as they watched Remembrance commemorations from a Foreign Office balcony.

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The queen, dressed in black, watched from a balcony as her son and heir Prince Charles laid a wreath of scarlet poppies on the Cenotaph war memorial near Parliament.

The 93-year-old monarch, who served as an army mechanic during World War II, performed the wreath-laying for most of her 67-year reign, but has cut back on her public duties. An aide laid a wreath on behalf of the queens 98-year-old husband Prince Philip, who has retired from public engagements.

It was 100 years ago that the nation first observed the perfect stillness of a two-minute silence, ordered by King George V to remember the fallen of the First World War.

The ceremony takes place every year on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary of the end of World War I at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

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Thousands of military personnel, veterans and members of the public gathered in the streets around the Cenotaph to honour those killed in that war and subsequent conflicts.

The 93-year-old monarch, who served as an army mechanic during World War II, performed the wreath-laying for most of her 67-year reign, but has cut back on her public duties. An aide laid a wreath on behalf of the queens 98-year-old husband Prince Philip, who has retired from public engagements.

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As Parliaments Big Ben bell sounded at 11 a.m., the crowd fell silent for a two-minute pause. The silence was broken by a single artillery blast and Royal Marines buglers sounding "The Last Post."

After the formal wreath-laying, thousands of veterans, war widows and their families marched past the monument to the sound of a military band, applauded by well-wishers lining the sidewalks. Almost everyone wore a red paper poppy — the official symbol of remembrance — on their lapel.

A military band played as royals, politicians, leaders from many religious faiths and diplomats from the Commonwealth of former British colonies laid wreaths on the Portland stone monument, erected after World War I and inscribed with the words "the glorious dead."

A military band played as royals, politicians, leaders from many religious faiths and diplomats from the Commonwealth of former British colonies laid wreaths on the Portland stone monument, erected after World War I and inscribed with the words “the glorious dead.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and other political leaders took time out from campaigning to join the ceremony on a cold, sunny autumn morning.

But the politicians did not entirely steer clear of partisan point-scoring. In a Remembrance Sunday message, Johnson said the Conservative government had established an Office for Veteran Affairs "as a sign of my commitment to those who have served."

In his own message, Corbyn claimed that service personnel "have faced pay cuts, service accommodation left in disrepair, and are worried their children are left without the support that they need."

After the formal wreath-laying, thousands of veterans, war widows and their families marched past the monument to the sound of a military band, applauded by well-wishers lining the sidewalks. Almost everyone wore a red paper poppy — the official symbol of remembrance — on their lapel.

Similar ceremonies were held in dozens of towns and cities across Britain and at British military bases overseas.

Prince Charles lays a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)