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Could Germany's President Be Invited To WW1 Armistice Events?

The plans appear to be contained in government documents photographed in Downing Street.

Millions fell silent during Armistice events last year (Picture: MoD).

There are reports that the German President could be invited to the Cenotaph in November for events to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The plans appear to be contained in government documents photographed in Downing Street.

The Sun says the papers suggest officials want to invite the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to join veterans and members of the Royal Family at the Remembrance Sunday events in London.

When asked about the German President's possible attendance, the Defence Secretary told Forces News "no decisions have been made" on the ceremony, with the final call coming from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Gavin Williamson also said a decision would be made in the coming weeks.

'No decisions have been made'

Former commander in Afghanistan Colonel Richard Kemp tweeted: "I served & lived in Germany for 10 years & served with Bundeswehr on ops & have great respect for our German allies.

"But I dont (sic) believe their President should be guest of honour at Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

"Only people to be honoured are our war dead."

The Royal British Legion, however, says it "promotes the message of reconciliation after conflict and hope for a peaceful future".

"We encourage the nation to embrace these core principles," a spokesperson went on to say.

"The service at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday recognises all conflicts since 1914, and it is a decision for the Government who to invite as representatives to this service."

A Government spokesperson said: "Remembrance Sunday this year coincides with the centenary of the First World War Armistice.

"The government is considering international representation in London on that day to reflect both its importance and the global nature of the conflict.

"Announcements about attendance will be made in due course."