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Thursday, Jun 13, 2024

King Charles leads memorial service at Cenotaph for Remembrance Day

King Charles has led the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in central London.

King Charles led the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London, honoring military and civilian servicemen and women from both World Wars and other conflicts. The service included a two-minute silence at 11:00 GMT, marked by Big Ben's chime and ended with a cannon blast and the Last Post bugle call.

Charles laid the first wreath, followed by other Royal Family members and political leaders like Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. Queen Camilla and Catherine, the Princess of Wales, watched from the Foreign Office balcony.

The ceremony also featured performances by Massed Bands and Pipers. Remembrance services occurred throughout the UK, with significant participation in Belfast, Plymouth, Cardiff, Liverpool, and Manchester. In Scotland, First Minister Humza Yousaf laid a wreath.

Scuffles involving far-right groups occurred near the Cenotaph the previous day, but the Remembrance Day silence was respectfully observed. The event concluded with a parade through Whitehall, including a wide range of armed forces and civilian organizations and veterans. A special medal was awarded for the first time to those affected by the UK's nuclear bomb testing program.


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