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Queen attends her 71st Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph with her family

Thousands of people gathered at the Cenotaph for a two-minute silence at 11 o’clock to honour those killed in wars and conflicts past and present.

Her Majesty and her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh alongside other members of the royal family all laid wreaths at the base of the memorial in Whitehall.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and Countess of Wessex watched on a balcony in Whitehall.

This was the Queen’s 71st Remembrance Sunday service. The first one she attended was after the end of World War II in 1945 when she was just aged 19 years old.

At 90-years-old, she and her family always mark the occasion year after year ensuring those lost and injured in war are never forgotten.

This year’s commemorations have been altered slightly because the wreath Her Majesty lays now weighs much less than it once did. This is to reflect The Queen’s advancing age so to give her more comfort.

The parade is also much that than previous years with some members of the royal family laying their wreaths at the same time rather than separately from each other.

This is for the comfort of the veterans, and indeed the Queen and Prince Philip, so they do not have to remain standing for a long period.

Also laying wreaths at the Cenotaph were Prime Minister Theresa May and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn.

Following the end of the service at the Cenotaph, a procession more than 10,000 began marching up from Horse Guard’s Parade to the sounds of the Massed Bands. As they passed, they were saluted by the The Prince of Wales.

On Saturday, The Queen was joined by most of her family at the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance.

The Festival of Remembrance began in 1927 and was Originally intended to honour those who died in World War One, the Festival of Remembrance began in 1927, but it has since grown and now honours all those who have died in war, from battles that are decades gone and those that are ongoing.

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    Our humble thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice that we might live in freedom. G-d Save the Queen, long may she reign!

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