Parades and services were held all over the country on Remembrance Sunday to remember those who have died in wars. Up and down the country ceremonies were held at war memorials, with the Queen laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in central London as is tradition. The ceremony in central London was held in sunshine with more than 9,000 former servicemen and civilians taking part in the march down Whitehall. The march took nearly an hour to pass the memorial.
The Royal Family was out in force, with the Queen joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, who aged 90 is one of the World War Two veterans who were taking part in the ceremony. The Duke in uniform also laid a wreath, followed by Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne, and Prince William, who was wearing his RAF flight lieutenant uniform. The Duchess of Cambridge was also in attendance, joined by Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Prince Harry is currently in California training as a fighter pilot where he attended a service.
Large Remembrance services also took place in Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. In Liverpool they commemorated the 70th anniversary of the devastating bombing raid the city endured. The ceremony in London went off without any trouble, although some people did say during the silence they could hear a distant voice shouting “no more war”. Later in the day, a separate ceremony took place in Tavistock square, where members of the Peace Pledge Union attended an alternative ceremony and laid a wreath of white poppies at a memorial for conscientious objectors.
The Royal British Legion’s national president, Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely said: “We’ve remembered those who fought for our freedom during the two world wars, but also mourned and honoured those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts. Today would have been a personal time for a lot of people, as we each remember loved ones, friends and comrades who have given their lives in service to the nation.”