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Prince Charles leads Britain’s annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony

LONDON — Prince Charles has led Britain’s annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony for conflict lifeless, taking the function held for greater than six a long time by his mom Queen Elizabeth II. 

The 91-year-old queen, wearing black, watched the service at London’s Cenotaph memorial from a close-by balcony alongside her 96-year-old husband Prince Philip. The monarch, who’s progressively reducing again on public duties after 65 years on the throne, had requested her 68-year-old son and inheritor to put a wreath of poppies on her behalf. 

The one different occasions the queen didn’t lay a wreath had been when she was overseas or pregnant, in keeping with BBC Information.

The queen’s grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, each navy veterans, and different royals left shiny crimson wreaths on the foot of the monument.

Britain’s political leaders, representatives of non secular faiths and dignitaries from the Commonwealth of former British colonies additionally attended the ceremony in central London, laying wreaths on the easy Portland stone monument inscribed with the phrases “the fantastic lifeless.” Amongst them was Prime Minister Theresa Could, the BBC reported.

Hundreds of service personnel, veterans and members of the general public gathered on a chilly, sunny fall day to honor these killed in World Warfare I and subsequent conflicts. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, throughout the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial on November 12, 2017 in London, England.

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Whitehall, the large avenue lined with authorities buildings the place the Cenotaph stands, fell silent as Parliament’s Large Ben bell sounded 11 a.m. The 2-minute pause was damaged by a bugler sounding “The Final Publish.”

After the formal wreath-laying, hundreds of veterans, conflict widows and their households marched previous the monument to the sound of a navy band, applauded by well-wishers lining the sidewalks. Virtually everybody wore a crimson paper poppy — the official image of remembrance — on their lapel.

The ceremony takes place yearly on the closest Sunday to the anniversary of the tip of World Warfare I on Nov. 11, 1918. Comparable ceremonies had been held in dozens of cities and cities throughout Britain and at British navy bases abroad. 

Within the Northern Eire city of Omagh, the Remembrance Sunday parade was disrupted when a suspicious system was discovered close to a conflict memorial. Police cordoned off the realm, and Police Service of Northern Eire chief inspector Graham Dodds mentioned it was “a sickening try by cowards to create worry and disruption.” 

Omagh was the location of the deadliest bombing of Northern Eire’s decades-long Catholic-Protestant battle, the place Irish Republican Military dissidents killed 29 individuals with a automotive bomb in 1998. 

The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, the Princess Royal, Sir Tim Laurence and the Prince of Wales attend the annual Royal Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, in London

The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, the Princess Royal, Sir Tim Laurence and the Prince of Wales attend the annual Royal Competition of Remembrance on the Royal Albert Corridor, in London, Britain November 11, 2017.


On Saturday, different occasions had been held throughout the UK. A Competition of Remembrance was held at Albert Corridor, the BBC reported, and members of the Royal Household attended.

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