LONDON, United Kingdom – November 11th marks Remembrance Day, to commemorate those who fought in the First and Second World Wars, and in conflicts since, across the Commonwealth of Nations. Today, Remembrance Sunday, marks the annual commemoration in London, Belfast, Edinburgh, and across the Commonwealth.
The largest procession and ceremony takes place on Whitehall, in London, a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament, where Her Majesty the Queen, as well as cabinet ministers and representatives of the armed forces lay wreaths of poppies to mark the occasion and honour those who served.
The wreath laying ceremony is followed by a procession down Whitehall of those who have taken part in Britain’s wars over the past century, to commemorate their sacrifices and reflect on the horrors seen by those bravely putting their lives on the line to defend freedom and Western values.
Below are pictures from this morning’s commemorations, which we will update as the day’s ceremonies continue.
A member of the Queen’s Household Division (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Dignitaries and Veterans in front of the Cenotaph in London (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Her Majesty leads commemorations (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
A Marching Band plays (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
The Cenotaph (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, and Prince William (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Veterans Parade Down Whitehall (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister David Cameron, with former Prime Minister’s Tony Blair and John Major behind them (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Watford Football Club commemorates on Nov 6 (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
West Ham and Everton Football Clubs Yesterday (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
A massive poppy in the crowd at Leicester City Football Club (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
A Tanzanian Parade on Remembrance Sunday (Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images)
A Tanzanian Parade Leader (Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images)
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Watches the Queen Lay a Wreath (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service (Carl Court/Getty Images)
Her Majesty the Queen lays a wreath (Carl Court/Getty Images)
Her Majesty the Queen reflects (Carl Court/Getty Images)
Political leaders look on as Her Majesty the Queen prepares to lay a wreath (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Political leaders sing along to hymns (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron, with former PM John Major Behind Him (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images