For the first time, the Duchess of Sussex attended Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph as a member of the Royal family.
The Argus reports: "President Steinmeier’s presence was a symbol of the friendship that exists between the two countries today, a representative of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said."
Her Majesty with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of his mother for the second consecutive year. An equerry laid a wreath on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh. Ahead of the ceremony, the Prince of Wales said: “We owe that enormous debt of gratitude to those who gave literally everything for our tomorrow. We don’t have enough moments of silence to reflect. It’s the greatest tribute you can pay.”
William and Harry lay their wreaths.
Prince Harry wore his Royal Marines uniform.
This year is particularly poignant marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.
On the 'eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month' in 1918 the Armistice was signed.
“The greatest day in the world's history. The armistice was signed at 5. a.m. & fighting ceased at 11… & at 11. we went on to the balcony” – Queen Mary writes in her diary on 11 November 1918. The flag below was waved by Queen Mary on Armistice Day.
The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall is a unique expression of homage devoted to the memory of those who have given their lives in war. It was originally conceived as a commemoration of the First World War's dead by King George V in 1919, but after the Second World War the scope of the ceremony was extended to focus on the dead of both wars. Remembrance Day or Memorial Day is observed in Commonwealth countries.
An overview from the Cenotaph.
Beginning from Horse Guards Parade, today’s March past the Cenotaph was led by the Royal British Legion.
The March is an annual event for British and Commonwealth former military and civilian Service personnel to honour the fallen of the British Armed Forces involved in the two World Wars and all conflicts since.
The Argus reports:
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “To be at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday is a privilege and provides us with the opportunity for reflection along with millions of people in countries that continue to be strong allies.
“The First World War touched communities across the globe and I commend all those who have helped us remember the First World War generation.
“We will never forget them or the sacrifice of thousands of British and Commonwealth troops who have given their lives in other conflicts.”
Among the thousands paying their respects was Lieutenant Commander Sarah Bligh of the Royal Navy. She said it was her grandmother’s stories of the war that inspired her to join the forces. “The thought of it being 100 years is really poignant. I’ve got a photograph of my great grandfather taken 100 years ago to celebrate them all coming back from the war,” she said. “It’s incredible to be here 100 years on.”
The Duchess was sombre in a black coat with capelet detail for the event. Givenchy confirmed Clare Waight Keller designed the piece.
A closer look at Meghan's hat.
And Meghan's poppy.
Lest we forget.