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The Queen sheds a tear as she watches her son lay a wreath at the Cenotaph

The Queen was seen to shed a tear today during the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph.

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Whether it was a show of emotion or a tear caused by the cold, today was no doubt a moving moment for Her Majesty as for the first time in recent history; she did not lay a wreath.

Instead, the Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the base of the Cenotaph on behalf of his mother who was joined on the Foreign Office Balcony by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cornwall.

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The Queen has only missed laying a wreath at the Cenotaph six times in her reign. On four of those occasions, she was on tour. The other two times she was pregnant.

The 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh also didn’t lay a wreath at this year’s event. Instead, an equerry laid one on his behalf.

Also laying wreaths in Whitehall was the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Earl of Wessex and the Duke of Kent.

The Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex and Princess Alexandra also watched the event from a balcony over Whitehall.

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Leading the politicians in tribute was Prime Minister Theresa May and Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn.

Other party leaders also laid wreaths, as well as the Speakers of the House of Commons and House of Lords and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

This was the Queen’s 72nd Remembrance Sunday service that she has attended. The first such occasion she was present at took place at the end of World War II in 1945 when she was just aged 19 years old.

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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.

Featured Photo Credit: © MOD Crown copyright 2017

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