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Remembrance Day: Queen at special Westminster Abbey service

Remembrance Day: Queen at special Westminster Abbey service

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The Queen and Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

The Queen has attended a remembrance service at Westminster Abbey for these killed and wounded in battle, because the UK marks 100 years since Armistice Day.

Earlier, tens of millions of individuals joined in a two-minute silence at 11:00 GMT that marked the tip of World War One on the 11th hour of 11 November 1918.

Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen at the Cenotaph in London.

Ten thousand folks – together with veterans and family of WW1 troopers – marched previous the monument.

Services and special occasions have been happening throughout the nation and the world.

A beacon was lit at Westminster Abbey and greater than 1,000 others can be lit throughout the UK on Sunday night.

The lights are meant to symbolise the tip of the darkness of warfare and a return to the lightness of peace.

The Queen was joined at the Westminster Abbey service by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the dukes and duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.

Prime Minister Theresa May and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier – who earlier grew to become the primary German chief to put a wreath at the Cenotaph – have been among the many 2,000-strong congregation.

The Queen laid flowers at the grave of the Unknown Warrior, whose physique was introduced from France in 1920.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who’re anticipating their first little one within the spring

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Theresa May and husband Philip arriving at Westminster Abbey

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The first beacon was lit at Westminster Abbey, with extra throughout the UK to observe

Readings got by Mrs May, Prince Charles, actress Sophie Okonedo and actor Simon Beale.

The Dean of Westminster Dr John Hall prayed for a time when “aggression between peoples and nations is remodeled into friendship and collaboration”.

Earlier, the Queen noticed the two-minute silence at 11:00 in Whitehall from the balcony of the close by Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Duke of Edinburgh was absent.

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Media captionA two-minute silence is marked at the Cenotaph, after different tributes of remembrance across the UK

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The Queen watched the service from a balcony, alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge

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Prince Charles laid a wreath rather than the Queen

Prince Charles, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, Mrs May, and Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn laid wreaths.

Big Ben’s renovations have been paused forward of Armistice Day to permit the bell to chime earlier than and after the standard two minutes of silence.

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Media captionBeach photos throughout the UK honour World War One troopers

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Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May each laid wreaths

At 12:30, 10,000 members of the general public – chosen by poll – started a procession previous the Cenotaph, starting at the Mall and ending at St James’s Park at 13:30.

The march was described by organisers as a “nation’s thanks” to all those that fought in WW1, and featured descendants of veterans from throughout the nation.

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Ten thousand folks marched previous the Cenotaph in London

Emma Silk, 47, from Wiltshire, informed the BBC she was proud and emotional to be strolling within the parade.

“I wish to honour the reminiscence of my grandfather – what he did for our freedom,” she stated.

Her grandfather lied about his age to hitch the warfare in 1917.

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Emma Silk holds a photograph of her grandfather, aged 17. “He appears so younger,” she says

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Helen Wightman and Julie Jones travelled to London for the parade

Helen Wightman, 67, from Surrey, was in London for the parade together with her youthful sister, Julie Jones, 53, from Wigan, to recollect their grandfather, Charles Izzard.

“I’ve bought six grandchildren and assume its necessary that we keep in mind if it was not for them, we might not have the liberty that we have now at present,” Helen informed the BBC.

They have been carrying his medals however particulars of his expertise are hazy. Julie did attempt to interview him as soon as for a college challenge however he bought too upset.

“So many males died, he thought he was one of many very fortunate ones,” she stated.

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Robert Malin, whose job it was to hold away the wounded on stretchers, and his grandson Jeremy Cripps carrying his bravery medals

Jeremy Cripps, 64 and from South Shields, walked within the parade in honour of his grandfather, Robert Malin.

Mr Cripps stated his grandfather went past the decision of responsibility by going out below fireplace to rescue wounded troopers.

At the scene

By Marie Jackson, BBC News

The Mall was full of folks proud to recollect the half their households performed within the warfare.

Dressed within the sombre, darkish garments of remembrance, many wore an ancestor’s solitary medal, others row upon row, alongside their poppies.

They carried wreaths with rigorously crafted messages of thanks and spoke of their satisfaction of their grandfathers, great-grandfathers and nice uncles.

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Donald Trump, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have been amongst 70 world leaders at a service in Paris

In France, the place most of the battles of the Western Front have been fought, 70 world leaders gathered for a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

In a speech, Mr Macron urged the assembled world leaders to come back collectively in a joint “struggle for peace”.

“Let us construct our hopes somewhat than enjoying our fears towards one another,” he stated, describing patriotism as “the precise reverse of nationalism”.

Remembrance providers have been additionally held at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Glasgow Cathedral, St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.

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Armistice Day, 1918

Armistice Day falls every year on 11 November to mark the day in 1918 when the combating in World War One was stopped.

The Allies and Germany signed an armistice in a railway carriage within the Forest of Compiegne in France at 05:00. Six hours later, at 11:00, the battle ceased.

King George V introduced {that a} two-minute silence could be noticed in 1919, 4 days earlier than the primary anniversary of Armistice Day. The silence continues to be noticed yearly on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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