Charles leads tributes to war dead on Armistice centenary

Dried and preserved common poppy from the U.S. National Herbarium at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Also paying their respects were the prime minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and a string of former PMs including Tony Blair and John Major.

The President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, also laid a wreath on behalf of the German people.

Royals including the dukes of Cambridge, Sussex and York, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent all took their turn to leave poppy tributes.

The Queen led commemorations marking 100 years since the end of the First World War this morning at the Cenotaph, and made sure her own personal tribute was loud and clear, by wearing five poppies.

The government said Steinmeier would become the first German leader to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph ceremony before attending a service at Westminster Abbey, in what it said marked a historic act of reconciliation.

Renovations of Big Ben were paused as the clock chimed a 11am to begin two minutes silence for the nation to remember those courageous service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The black-clad queen watched from a balcony in central London on Sunday as her son Prince Charles laid a wreath on her behalf at the foot of the Cenotaph, a memorial honouring fallen servicemen and women.


The sombre crowd stood in near-silence as it reflected on the battles that ended a century ago, and those that have come since.

"Today, we will also give thanks for all those that returned and the peace they fought so hard for".

The Royal Family stood as thousands of audience members attending the event held aloft photographs of family members who took part in the First World War.

British High Commissioner to Singapore Scott Wightman, in his speech, urged people to never forget the sacrifice and suffering of those who had died in the war.

"It's incredible to be here 100 years on".

Big Ben will sound again today at 12.30pm, joining bells across the country and the rest of the world - an event to echo the celebrations of November 11, 1918 as news of the Armistice spread.

The ceremony culminated with a procession by 10,000 people past the Cenotaph.

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