Poppies are starting to be worn as the nation prepares once again to observe the National Service of Remembrance which will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London, on Sunday 14 November.
The service will start at 11am and commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the First and Second World Wars and later conflicts including the Falklands War and Operations Herrick and Telic.
Do you need to get tickets?
There is no need to get tickets or passes for the event and the public are welcome to watch the ceremony from the pavements along Whitehall and Parliament Street.
It is worth noting that entry may be limited if the area becomes full.
To ensure everyone can see, there will be video screens to the north of the Cenotaph, near the green outside the main Ministry of Defence building and outside the Scotland Office plus to the south of the Cenotaph on the corner of King Charles Street.
If you are thinking of attending the commemorations in London, please note the details below:
There is an extensive policing security operation in place on the day. Please allow plenty of time for clearance through police security checks.
Please do not bring large bags or cases as this will delay your entrance into the public viewing areas.
Please note that any unauthorised use of drones (including quadcopters and helicopters) in this area and above the roads surrounding Whitehall is strictly prohibited at all times.
Remembrance and COVID-19 safety measures
Before attending large events, you are advised to:
Check for symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, new and persistent cough, or a loss of/change in sense of taste or smell) before travelling to the event. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and get a free NHS test, even if these symptoms are mild.
You should not attend if you are required to self-isolate, for example, because you have had a positive test, or have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
Think about other health factors and the impact of travelling to attend a large event. If you feel unwell but do not have COVID-19 symptoms, or your COVID-19 test is negative, you may still have an illness that could be passed on to other people (such as a cold or the flu).
Staying at home until you feel better reduces the risk that you will pass on an illness to other people in the community.
Follow the guidance on safer travel and any relevant guidance issued by travel operators.
If using Transport for London (TfL) services follow TfL guidance, and be aware that face coverings must be worn when using TfL services.
Plan your journey. Please be aware that Westminster Underground Station will be particularly busy during the morning of Remembrance Sunday. Please use alternative stations when travelling to Whitehall, including Charing Cross, Green Park and Embankment.
Should you take a COVID-19 test before attending?
You may wish to use rapid lateral flow testing to make sure you are not spreading the virus without knowing it. For example, you may wish to take a lateral flow test before or after attending the event.
Visit www.gov.uk regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes in current guidance that may affect this years' Remembrance Service. You can find more advice in the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.
Follow the guidance on how to stay safe and prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), including washing or sanitising your hands frequently (for example, after touching surfaces like handrails).
Consider wearing face coverings in crowded and enclosed areas where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet.
Use the NHS COVID-19 app to help NHS Test and Trace stop the spread of the virus.
Adhere to any relevant COVID-19 safety measures in place at the event, including observing directions given by stewards.
Any further questions about the march past can be emailed to the Royal British Legion at [email protected].
Can you take photographs?
Photography is permitted, but the Metropolitan Police have powers to remove obstacles (such as camera tripods) where they obstruct public access or views.
As a mark of respect, the organisers ask spectators not to take photographs during the two-minute silence when shutter noises can offend.
What about wheelchair access on the day?
A space will be available for wheelchair users and other spectators who might find it difficult to view from the general public areas. This area is located on the west side of Parliament Street, close to the junction with King Charles Street. Space in this enclosure will be offered on a first-come, first-served, basis only.
One carer or guest per person will also be admitted and a toilet for the use of disabled people will be available nearby.
Temporary public toilets will be located in Whitehall Place. First aid facilities, provided by St John Ambulance, will be available at various locations along Whitehall.
Great George Street will be closed to the public from 0600 on Remembrance Sunday. Access between Victoria Street and St James Park will be via Storey’s Gate.