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The Duchess of Sussex stands alongside Germany’s First Lady for remembrance commemorations

The Duchess of Sussex made her debut appearance at the Armistice Day commemorations on Sunday as she appeared on the Foreign Office balcony alongside the German President’s wife.

Meghan was tasked with accompanying Elke Büdenbender at the ceremony. Frau Büdenbender’s husband, President Steinmeier, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph after the Prince of Wales.

This was the first time that Germany laid a wreath at the Cenotaph, with the world today marking 100 years since the Armistice was signed.

The Prince of Wales led the nation in remembrance at the Cenotaph on Sunday as thousands of people gathered at the memorial to honour those killed in wars and conflicts past and present.

Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of his mother, The Queen, who this year watched the ceremony from the balcony of the Foreign Office alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge.

After the heir-to-the-throne laid a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty, an enquiry placed a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of 97-year-old Prince Philip.

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

As well as the Duchess of Sussex and the German First Lady, also watching events on the balcony was the Countess of Wessex and other members of The Royal Family who did not lay a wreath.

This was the Queen’s 73rd Remembrance Sunday service – her second time watching from the balcony.

The first Remembrance Sunday she attended was after the end of World War II in 1945 when she was just aged 19 years old.