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Queen leads country for Remembrance Sunday

The Queen was joined by members of the Royal Family on Sunday morning as the they gathered to mark this year’s Remembrance Sunday.

The 87-year-old monarch was the first to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on Whitehall to honour those who have died fighting for this country. Joining Her Majesty were Prince Philip, the Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent and Prince Edward who all laid wreaths at the annual service.


Her Majesty lays a wreath at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on Sunday morning. [photo: BBC]

Princess Anne and Prince Harry, who represented Prince Charles as he is in India, also laid wreaths as the royals paid their respects.

Meanwhile, Prince Andrew flew to Afghanistan for a service at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province.

Supporting their husbands, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex watched on from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office balcony, where they were also joined by Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.

Both dressed in black, Kate and Sophie looked on as The Queen led the two-minute silence which is signalled by a firing of a round by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.


Wives and Husbands: The Countess of Wessex, Duchess of Cambridge and Sir Timothy Lawrence watch on from a nearby balcony. [photo: BBC]

This year’s service at the Cenotaph is Kate’s third attendance as a member of the Royal Family.

After members of the Royal Family had laid their wreaths, politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband followed.

This morning’s service comes after last night’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Queen and senior royals including Prince Philip, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex all attended the ceremony to honour those have died protecting our country.


At 11am, a two minute silence was marked across Great Britain to honour those who have died fighting for this country. [photo: BBC]

During the ceremony, Sophie was moved to tears as families of war heros gathered on stage.

Both she and Edward appeared emotional as the family members walked onto the stage during the annual event.

The Festival of Remembrance, which included performances by James Blunt, Katie Melua and the Poppy Girls, who are releasing this years Poppy Appeal fundraising song ‘The Call’, was to honour those who have died fighting for this country.


Tears of a Countess: Sophie was moved to tears at Saturday evening’s Festival of Remembrance. [photo: BBC]

As emotions ran high, viewers took to Twitter to show comment on the Countess’s tears. One tweeted “Countess of Wessex getting emotional at the festival of remembrance is sad” while another tweeted “Seeing Sophie with tears was a very emotional moment”.

  • Zebulon

    Here’s to all the members of the royal family who paid the ultimate price in WW1 and 2.

    Oh wait – that’s right. They just lounged in their palaces as their PR agency churned out stories of their stoic patriotism. Nevermind.

    • Royal Central

      Prince George, Duke of Kent died in a plane crash whilst on military service in 1942, during WW2.

      • Zebulon

        fixed- “Prince George, Duke of Kent died in a plane crash over Scotland due to bad weather whilst WW2 was being fought hundreds of miles away.”

        • Royal Central

          He was still on active service at the time. What’s your point?

          • Zebulon

            Charles is on active service today, this very day, as a play “Field Marshal.” If he choked on foie gras at Balmoral and keeled over I wouldn’t be so audacious as to say he was a military hero.

            George Windsor was in a weather-related airplane accident while sipping sherry in the first class cabin of an aircraft over friendly territory en route to negotiate a way for the ruling family to abandon the country and flee to Sweden in event of an invasion. Not exactly the Prince of Orange leading the Dutch charge at Waterloo … LOL.

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