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Millions pay their respects with silence for fallen soldiers


Millions of people around the country fell silent this morning as a mark of respect to those who died in conflicts.

It is 100 years since the first two-minute silence was observed on Armistice Day on 11 November 1919.

The largest service on Remembrance Sunday took place on Whitehall in central London where thousands of armed forces personnel and veterans congregated.

Image: The Queen was dressed in black
Prince Charles lays a wreath at the Cenotaph
Image: Prince Charles laid a wreath at the Cenotaph, on behalf of Her Majesty

The Royal Family led the tributes with Prince Charles laying a wreath at the Cenotaph, on behalf of his mother, the Queen.

The monarch, who was dressed in black, appeared to wipe away a tear as she watched the ceremony from a nearby balcony.


Princes William, Harry, Andrew and Edward along with Princess Anne also laid wreaths at the base of the memorial.

Kate and Camilla accompanied the Queen, while Meghan was on a separate balcony with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Anne's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stood side by side during the commemorative proceedings.

Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph
Image: The Cenotaph was the focal point for the ceremony
Veterans line Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday
Image: Many veterans lined Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday

The pair were joined in laying wreaths by Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, the DUP's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds and newly-elected Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Veterans during the Remembrance Sunday events
Remembrance Sunday: Nation honours the fallen

An equerry laid a wreath on behalf of Prince Philip who was not present at the ceremony for the second year in a row after having retired from royal duties in 2017.

The Queen appears to be teary-eyed at The Cenotaph
Image: The monarch was not joined by Prince Philip who retired from royal duties in 2017

As Big Ben struck 11am, the two-minute silence was observed by thousands of poppy-wearers on Whitehall.

The firing of a gun by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, on Horse Guards Parade, marked the start and end of the period of reflection to remember those killed in conflicts past and present.

Over the White Cliffs of Dover, 750,000 bio-degradable poppies were released by a World War Two Dakota plane, flanked by two Spitfires, that flew 500ft (150 metres) above the Kent coastline.

People on social media have been paying tribute to their loved ones who served the country.

Marking the silence in Kendal and Grange today, my thoughts go to my Uncle Maurice, shot down and killed in 1940 aged just 19. His big sister, my Grandma pictured with him, remained heartbroken. We honour those who serve, never forgetting how much it cost them and their families

— Tim Farron (@timfarron) Read More – Source