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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Kenny lays a Remembrance Day wreath as Royals lead commemorations in London

The Duchess of Cambridge plays with her hair as she stands in a balcony overlooking Whitehall's Cenotaph, in central London, prior to the annual Remembrance Sunday service
The Duchess of Cambridge plays with her hair as she stands in a balcony overlooking Whitehall's Cenotaph, in central London, prior to the annual Remembrance Sunday service
The Duchess of Cambridge (C) stands beside the Countess of Wessex and a representative of the armed forces on a balcony to watch the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London
The Duchess of Cambridge (right) smiles as she stands with the Countess of Wessex, on a balcony overlooking Whitehall's Cenotaph, in central London, prior to a Remembrance Sunday service
The Duchess of Cambridge (right) plays with her hair as stands with the Countess of Wessex, on a balcony overlooking Whitehall's Cenotaph, in central London, prior to a Remembrance Sunday service
Taoiseach Enda Kenny lays a laurel wreath at the war memorial in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, during a Remembrance Sunday service this morning
Queen Elizabeth attends the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London.
Queen Elizabeth lays a wreath at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, London, during the annual Remembrance Sunday service.
Prime Minister David Cameron steps forward to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, London.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg walks through Downing Street on his way for the morning service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.
Front row, left to right: Labour leader Ed Miliband, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Prime Minister David Cameron, wait to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, London, during the annual Remembrance Sunday service. Standing behind them are former Prime Ministers Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Sir John Major.
Prince William lays a wreath at the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London.

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has laid a wreath for the war dead on Remembrance Sunday in Northern Ireland.

Mr Kenny attended a ceremony at the memorial in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh - where the IRA killed 11 people in a Poppy Day bomb in 1987.

During the commemoration Mr Kenny stood for a moment with head bowed.

Enniskillen was marking the 26th anniversary of the no-warning blast and relatives of the victims of the IRA attack also laid tributes.

Those who died in the attack were all Protestant and they included three married couples, a reserve police officer and several pensioners.

Ex-headmaster Ronnie Hill died 13 years after being injured in the attack.

The youngest victim was 20-year-old nurse Marie Wilson whose father, Gordon Wilson, subsequently gave a moving interview in which he said he had prayed for those behind the attack.

Mr Kenny made history in Enniskillen last year by becoming the first Irish premier to attend a Remembrance Day service in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers laid a poppy wreath at the memorial, which was rebuilt after the bomb, as did local Stormont Assembly members Arlene Foster and Tom Elliott.

In Belfast, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson attended a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph beside the city hall.

The event was jointly organised by Belfast City Council and the Royal British Legion.

Soldiers from the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) divisions fought in the First World War's Battle of the Somme between 1 July and 13 November 1916.

In London, Queen Elizabeth led commemorations, laying the first wreath at the Cenotaph on Whitehall.

Senior royals, including Second World War veteran the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge - with wife Kate watching from a nearby balcony - joined the monarch and politicians, military leaders, veterans and serving personnel in laying wreaths of poppies at the monument.

Prince Harry was laying the wreath on behalf of his father Prince Charles, who is currently abroad on an official tour of India with the Duchess of Cornwall, and was marking the occasion there.

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