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Queen leads mourning in honouring Britain's war dead

Nina Massey

Published 08/11/2015 | 13:04

Britain's Queen Elizabeth takes part in the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Westminster, central London, November 8, 2015
Britain's Queen Elizabeth takes part in the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Westminster, central London, November 8, 2015
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge (L) sings the national anthem as she stands alongside Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Westminster, central London, November 8, 2015
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh (right and second right) stand with the King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, central London, prior to attending the Cenotaph Remembrance Service, in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts

The Queen led the nation in honouring members of the armed forces killed in conflict as Remembrance Sunday services took place around the country.

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She was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, other senior royals and members of the leading political parties at the Cenotaph in central London.

Also present was King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands who laid a wreath following an invitation from the Queen to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands after the end of the Second World War.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and the Duke of York also laid wreaths, as the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the Countess of Wessex, and the Princess Royal's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, looked on from the Foreign Office balcony.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh (right and second right) stand with the King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, central London, prior to attending the Cenotaph Remembrance Service, in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh (right and second right) stand with the King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, central London, prior to attending the Cenotaph Remembrance Service, in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts

Prime Minister David Cameron was the first politician to lay a wreath, followed by Jeremy Corbyn who was wearing a poppy, and participated in the singing of the national anthem.

Mr Corbyn had previously attracted wide criticism for not singing the anthem at the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary commemorations.

Other members of the royal family, politicians, and high commissioners also laid their tributes as crowds lined Whitehall for the service, at the heart which was a two-minute silence marked at the beginning and end by the firing of an artillery gun.

Although cool and cloudy, the rain held off for the duration of the service and as thousands of veterans marched past the Cenotaph, before William took the salute at Horse Guards Parade.

Millions of people across the country fell silent in tribute to those lost in war, joining the crowds gathered in central London who stood in a moment of quiet contemplation as Big Ben struck 11am.

Later today giant falling poppies will be projected onto Parliament's Elizabeth Tower.

Thousands joined the Queen, a host of senior royals and Prime Minister David Cameron at London's Royal Albert Hall yesterday to honour the war dead and pay tribute to veterans from all conflicts in the annual event.

The service concluded with traditional prayers, hymns and blessings before an enthusiastic rendition of God Save The Queen.

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