Wednesday 18 October 2017

Kate among British royals to remember UK's war dead

The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in central London (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in central London (REUTERS/Toby Melville)

Jemma Crew

The Duchess of Cambridge was among many royals who paid tribute to Britain's war dead yesterday on Remembrance Sunday.

Kate joined Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Theresa May for the annual service at the Cenotaph in central London - one of many taking place around the country in memory of those killed in past and present conflicts.

More than 750 armed forces personnel were applauded by crowds of poppy wearers as they marched to form a hollow square around the memorial.

As Big Ben struck 11am, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their World War I-era guns to mark the beginning and end of a two-minute silence in the heart of Whitehall.

Dressed in black, the Queen laid a wreath of poppies at the memorial for "The Glorious Dead" while the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, Mrs May and leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn followed suit.

Mr Corbyn joined in with 'God Save The Queen' after previously attracting criticism for not singing the anthem at the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary commemorations last year.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall watched on from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Former prime ministers David Cameron, Tony Blair and John Major were also present.

Irish Independent

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