Thursday, 11 December 2008

Remembrance Sunday

Queen Elizabeth II attended the traditional Remembrance Sunday ceremony for the war dead, two days ahead of the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Prince of Wales stood in line with members of the Royal Family, including the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne.

Prince William, now a member of the armed services, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph.

The Queen led the tributes to Britain’s war dead, alongside political leaders.

Gordon Brown was joined by former Conservative Prime Ministers John Major and Margaret Thatcher.

Ex-servicewomen marched past The Cenotaph.

Britain’s last surviving veteran from the First World War, 110-year-old Harry Patch, attended a memorial service at St Cuthbert’s church in Wells, Somerset.

Services took place up and down the country. This man laid a wreath at The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

Similarly, veterans marched past the War Memorial cenotaph during a Remembrance Day service in Floriana, on the outskirts of Valletta.

Remembrance crosses had been at Westminster Abbey over the past week, with each cross dedicated to a fallen soldier.

Lloyds of London held their annual Remembrance Day service on Friday. Thousands of brokers held their heads in silence.

A Remembrance Day parade also took place in Basra, Iraq. Soldiers posted around the world honoured their fallen colleagues.

Last night, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attended the Royal Albert Hall for the annual Royal Festival of Remembrance.

Other royals were also in attendance, including The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

During the two-minute silence, poppies fell all around the Royal Albert Hall.

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