Remembrance

'We will remember them': Cenotaph service honours the fallen

The Queen was unable to join hundreds of personnel, veterans and senior UK figures at the event in London.

Members of the Royal Family and senior politicians have led the nation in honouring the country’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday.

Buckingham Palace announced hours before the service at the Cenotaph that the Queen would be absent, having sprained her back.

The event on Whitehall was given added poignancy by a return to pre-pandemic numbers of participating veterans and military, as well as onlookers.

The Prince of Wales and Prime Minister were among those laying a wreath at the war memorial for the National Service of Remembrance.

Boris Johnson said it was a moment to "come together to remember those who sacrificed everything in service of our country".

A two-minute silence at 11am, in honour of all those who have lost their lives in the two World Wars and following conflicts.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer stood beside the Prime Minister while former prime ministers lined up behind Mr Johnson, with Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May all paying their respects.

Prince Charles placed a wreath of poppies on his mother’s behalf, as has been the tradition since 2017, but the act had further symbolism given her absence.

The Ministry of Defence posted the following message on Twitter: "We Will Remember Them."

General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, told Forces News the service "reminds us that war is a truly horrific experience" and that education must continue to prevent future conflict.

Both General Carter and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace spoke of events in Afghanistan and their significance for many on Remembrance Sunday day who served in the country.

Watch: UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace speaks on Remembrance Sunday.

In what would have been the Queen’s place on the balcony overlooking Whitehall stood her 86-year-old cousin the Duke of Kent, with his sister Princess Alexandra at his side, as they watched the proceedings.

The Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal also laid wreaths at the memorial, while the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex looked on.