Royal family lead nation in tribute to war dead

Royal family lead nation in tribute to war dead

The Prince of Wales will laid the first wreath on behalf of the Queen.

Leaders from the main political parties took a break from the United Kingdom general election campaign to join members of the royal family in honouring the country's war dead.

Senior members of the royal family were present alongside military leaders, faith community leaders and representatives from Commonwealth nations.

As Big Ben strikes 11am, a two minutes silence will be observed, with its beginning and end marked by the firing of a gun by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Kimberley Durrant, the director of the governments London office, took part in the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in the United Kingdom capital.

Prince Charles then laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, a duty she passed onto her heir three years ago when she turned 90.

The Prime Minister and Labour leader were among thousands of people attending the wreath-laying service at Whitehall in central London.

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Thousands of veterans and service personnel marched past the Cenotaph in London as Remembrance Sunday services were held at churches, cemeteries and war memorials across Britain in tribute to those killed in past and recent conflicts.

In a decade-long tradition, London black cabs were on hand on Sunday to provide free transport to participating veterans from the capital's main train stations to Whitehall as a mark of thanks for their service.

Buglers of the Royal Marines sounded the Last Post before wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph by dignitaries.

Former prime ministers were also there.

David Burt, the Premier, said: “The recognition of the fearless service of Bermudian men and women in the World Wars is a much welcomed addition to the London Service of Remembrance.”.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Kohima in India, the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands and the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy.

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