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17:41, 12 November 2017

Remembrance Sunday: UK events mark the nation's war dead

Remembrance Sunday: UK events mark the nation’s war dead

  • 12 November 2017
  • From the section UK
Remembrance Sunday: UK events mark the nation's war dead

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Media captionPrince Charles lays Remembrance Sunday wreath as the Queen watches from a balcony

Politicians, members of the Royal Household and veterans are commemorating these who lost their lives in conflict as the UK marks Remembrance Sunday.

A two-minute silence was held across the country and wreaths were laid at memorials.

Prince Charles attended the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph in London and Large Ben chimed at 11:00 GMT.

The Queen did not lay a wreath but alternatively watched from the Foreign Office’s balcony.

The only other occasions when she has not laid the wreath have been when she was pregnant or abroad.

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At the Cenotaph on Whitehall, the Final Post was played shortly ahead of the Prince of Wales laid the wreath.

The royals had been joined by Prime Minister Theresa Might, other senior politicians, religious leaders and dignitaries from about the Commonwealth.

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Image caption Theresa May possibly and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also paid their respects

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Image caption The Queen watched the ceremony with Prince Philip and the Duchess of Cornwall from a nearby balcony…

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Image caption …as did the Duchess of Cambridge and other royals

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Image caption The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry also laid wreaths

As portion of solutions being held across Scotland, much more than 100 wreaths were laid at Edinburgh’s City Chambers. 1st Minister Nicola Sturgeon attended the service.

In Wales, a service was held at the Welsh National War Memorial and a field of remembrance at Cardiff Castle featured a lot more than 10,000 crosses.

At the Cenotaph in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laid a green laurel wreath, 30 years after an IRA bombing there killed 12 folks.

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire and DUP leader Arlene Foster also laid wreaths.

In Omagh, a wreath-laying ceremony was postponed following a suspicious object was identified.

Meanwhile, bell ringers are becoming sought for 2018 to honour the 1,400 ringers who died in Planet War One.

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Image caption Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry paraded with Chelsea pensioners

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Image caption Veterans gathered for Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in Whitehall

Sir Stuart Peach, chief of the defence employees, told the Andrew Marr show that the day was 1 of remembrance and reconciliation.

«These days we mark and don’t forget more than a million British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in each world wars. So it is about remembering the sacrifice they made so that we can appreciate the freedom and liberty that we have today,» he mentioned.

«It’s also extremely critical to understand that this is about reconciliation. That nations move on.»

The new Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, stated: «We must not overlook the continued sacrifices our armed solutions make, appropriate across the globe serving in 30 nations, creating positive that this country remains safe — and that the freedoms that we have today continue to be protected.»

On Saturday, events had been held around the UK to mark the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day with Huge Ben chiming for the initial time since August.

The evening saw a Festival of Remembrance held at Albert Hall. Members of the Royal Household watched as Emeli Sande, Tom Odell and other stars performed alongside the Queen’s Colour Squadron and The Band of HM Royal Marines.

The event was held by the Royal British Legion and hosted by the BBC’s Huw Edwards. It commemorated all the British military personnel killed in combat considering that World War One particular.

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