Sunday 22 October 2017

Royals pay tribute to war dead

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, attends the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in London. REUTERS
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, attends the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in London. REUTERS

Silence fell across Britain yesterday as the country honoured its war dead on Remembrance Sunday.

Queen Elizabeth led the tributes and was joined by senior royals in central London. She laid the first wreath at the cenotaph in memory of all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, in what was the focal point of the day's commemorative events.

After laying her wreath, the Queen bowed her head, before World War II veteran the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, stepped forward to lay their wreaths.

Millions joined in the two-minute silence that began at 11am. Whitehall was lined with crowds, yet no sounds were made during the moment of contemplation.

The Duchess of Cambridge, joined by the Countess of Wessex and Vice-Admiral Tim Laurence, watched solemnly from the balcony of the Foreign Office, immediately in front of the cenotaph.

Irish Independent

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