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Queen leads Remembrance Sunday commemorations at Cenotaph

The Queen has led tributes to the British and Commonwealth war dead this weekend at the Remembrance Sunday service in central London.

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 along side other members of the royal family all laid wreaths at the base of the memorial in Whitehall.

Also joining them were Dutch royalty as King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands laid a wreath following an invitation by the Queen to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two and the liberation of his country by British troops.

The King’s wife, Queen Maxima remained in the Royal Box with the Duchess of Cambridge as they watched on.

This was the Queen’s 70th 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.

Now nearly 90, she and her family always mark the occasion year after year ensuring those lost and injured in war are never forgotten.

The only difference to this year’s parade is that it is shorter 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 as long.

Also laying wreaths at the Cenotaph were Prime Minister David Cameron 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 Duke of Cambridge who earlier on in the day, had laid a wreath alongside Prince Harry and the Duke of York.

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