Queen Consort commemorates nation's war dead at poignant ceremony

The Queen Consort has commemorated the nation's war dead at a poignant ceremony at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance.

Camilla laid a cross – in memory of those who have died in past conflicts – in the company of old sailors, soldiers and airmen.

More than 1,000 veterans were gathered on the grounds of Westminster Abbey for the short ceremony, observing a two-minute silence as Big Ben chimed to mark 11 am, to remember those who have lost their lives in service.

Around 70,000 crosses and other symbols are laid out in 308 plots according to regiment, unit or association, all planted in the grass by volunteers.

Deirdre Mills, chief executive of The Poppy Factory, which organises the plots, said: "We are deeply honoured to have Her Majesty The Queen Consort attend the 94th Field of Remembrance, demonstrating once again the importance of acknowledging the sacrifice of all those who have given their lives for others.

"Her Majesty's commitment to the ex-forces community has been unwavering. We are grateful to Her Majesty The Queen Consort for her continued support as we look to help hundreds more veterans overcome barriers on their journey towards employment."

Watch: Why do we wear poppies for Remembrance?

The Royal Family will be out in force on Sunday for a moving Remembrance Day service – the first since the death of the Queen.

The King will lay a new poppy wreath incorporating a ribbon of his racing colours, with the design a tribute to the ones used by both his late mother and his grandfather George VI.

As Charles leads the nation at the Cenotaph for the first time as King, the service will be a poignant moment for the Royal Family.

The Queen, who died just nine weeks ago at the age of 96, considered Remembrance Sunday, which commemorates the war dead, one of the most significant and important engagements in the Royal calendar.

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