British Army HRH Prince of Wales Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday Centenary of the Armistice Armistice100 in London (Crown Copyright, 2018) [880]

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WWI Armistice Commemorated by Cenotaph Tradition in London

Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family joined thousands of people to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War today as part of the traditional National Service of Remembrance.

A two-minute silence was held at 11am and wreaths laid at the Cenotaph to commemorate the servicemen and women killed in all conflicts from the First World War onwards.

Tight Security Marks Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph

Extensive police security procedures were in place for the Remembrance event. Visitors were advised to allow extra time for clearance through security. The public were also warned against bringing large bags or cases “as these could delay entrance into the public viewing areas”.

Special notice was given to the unauthorised use of any drones (including quadcopters/helicopters), which were banned in this area and the roads surrounding Whitehall.

  • 08:00: Whitehall opens to the public.
  • 09:00: Royal British Legion (RBL) detachments form up on Horse Guards Parade and in Whitehall.
  • 10:00: All detachments march out from Wellington Barracks.
  • 11:00: Two minutes silence marked by the firing of guns from King’s Troop on Horse Guards Parade. Cenotaph Service commences.
  • 11:25: Cenotaph Service concludes and Royal British Legion detachments disperse past the Cenotaph.
  • 12:30: The Nation’s Thank You procession commences
  • 13:30: The Nation’s Thank You procession ends

Duke of Edinburgh Unable to Lay Wreath

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales laid a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and an Equerry on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Prime Minister also attended the service along with other members of the Cabinet, former Prime Ministers and 765 Armed Forces personnel.

Steinmeier First German Leader to Lay Wreath at Cenotaph

Federal German President His Excellency Frank-Walter Steinmeier laid a wreath on behalf of the German people. It is the first time since the Cenotaph was inaugurated in 1920 that a representative of Germany took part in the National Service of Remembrance and his attendance symbolises the peace and friendship that exists between our two countries today.

Members of the armed forces led the nation in marking the centenary of the Armistice at the National Service of Remembrance, ending four years of First World War centenary commemorations.

Personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force were on parade at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London, as members of the Royal Family and senior politicians lay wreaths after the two minutes’ silence.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Carter were in attendance at the Cenotaph. The chiefs of staff of the three services laid wreaths at the Cenotaph on behalf of the armed forces.

This year the National Service of Remembrance held additional poignancy as Great Britain marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which ended the war on the Western Front at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

Source: MOD

Image: HRH Prince of Wales at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday on the Centenary of the Armistice (Armistice100) in London by Owen Cooban (Crown Copyright, 2018).