Royal family lead Remembrance Sunday tributes at Cenotaph

The Royal Family are leading the nation in paying respects to its war dead at the traditional wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

Sunday, 10th November 2019, 11:13 am
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (left) and Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London

Political leaders, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, are breaking from election campaigning to attend the service at the memorial on Whitehall in central London.

Hundreds of armed forces personnel will also be present at the occasion, alongside Cabinet ministers, religious leaders and representatives of Commonwealth nations.

As Big Ben strikes 11am, a two minutes silence will be observed, with its beginning and end marked by the firing of a gun by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

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Carrie Symonds (left), the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Catherine Swindley, the wife of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London.

Buglers of the Royal Marines will sound the Last Post before wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph by members of the royal family, politicians, foreign representatives and senior armed forces personnel.

The Prince of Wales will lay the first wreath on behalf of the Queen, who will watch the service from a nearby balcony.

An equerry is due to lay a wreath for the Duke of Edinburgh who is not expected to be present after retiring from royal duties two years ago.

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex will follow their father in laying wreaths, while their wives will also watch the ceremony from balconies.

Deputy Leader of the DUP Nigel Dodds and wife Diane in Downing Street arriving for the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London

Five former prime ministers - Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May - are also due to be in attendance.

After wreaths are laid, the Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally, will lead a service of remembrance which will end with trumpeters of the Royal Air Force sounding Rouse (Reveille).

Following the ceremony, thousands of veterans and servicemen and women will march past the Cenotaph to pay their respects to those killed in past and present conflicts.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Kohima in India, the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands and the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy.

In a video released on his Twitter account before the ceremony, Mr Corbyn paid tribute to the work of the Armed Forces both current and throughout history.

He said: “We remember the many brave people from Britain and all across the world who put their lives on the line making huge sacrifices in two world wars which cost the lives of millions, and in all other conflicts since.

“And we stand together to say: Never again.”