BRITAIN is falling silent this morning to remember the country’s war dead on Remembrance Day.
Commemorations are taking place across the UK with thousands of wreaths laid at war memorials to honour the fallen.
Millions of Brits are paying tribute to Britain’s war dead on Armistice Day
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, at the Field of Remembrance in WestminsterCredit: Rex
Troops march in formation through the streets of Liverpool on Armistice Day todayCredit: PA
Early morning mist on Armistice Day over First and Second World War graves at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Brookwood Military Cemetery in Woking, SurreyCredit: PA
Soldiers from 1st Battalion of The Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment march through the streets of Liverpool before observing a two minute silence to remember the war dead on Armistice Day.Credit: PA
Last year’s ceremonies were disrupted by the Covid pandemic as people were urged to honour the country’s war heroes from home.
Across the nation today millions of people bowed their heads for the traditional Remembrance Day two-minute’s silence from 11am.
The Last Post sounded to mark the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the armistice was signed, ending the First World War.
This year’s Armistice Day commemorations mark the 103rd anniversary of the end of the Great War.
WAR HEROES HONOURED
In London, the Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the Poppy Factory, is attending Westminster Abbey for the 93rd Field of Remembrance.
The Queen is set to lead the Royal Family tributes at the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Sunday.
Hundreds of wreaths are being sent to stations from across the country and locations including the Falkland Islands as part of the Poppies to Paddington and Routes of Remembrance campaigns by The Veterans Charity.
One wreath was shipped up the Thames then onboard HMS Belfast, which served during the Second World War Navy, before being taken to the Tower of London.
The Royal Family’s Twitter page shows a photo of Her Majesty, 95, wearing a poppy and another of her at a poppy field.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles used their social media accounts to pay tribute to Britain’s war heroes.
A post on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s account read: “Today at 11am the nation will pause to remember. Armistice Day. Lest We Forget.”
TRIBUTES TO THE FALLEN
A single gun salute was fired from Edinburgh Castle with government officials joining members of the Armed Forces laying wreaths at the Scott Monument.
In schools, offices and workplaces, Brits stood silent as a mark of respect for those who died at war.
Veterans and political leaders joined those paying their respects to heroic members of the armed forces who lost their lives.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer paid tribute to the fallen heroes and serving members of the armed forces.
He said: “In a year which saw British forces show remarkable bravery to save lives in the evacuation of Kabul it is important we show how grateful we are for your sacrifice and for everything you have done, and continue to do, to keep us safe.
A Chelsea pensioner bows his head as veterans and representatives from the Armed Forces gather ahead of the arrival of Britain’s Camila, Duchess of CornwallCredit: AP
Thousands of people honour the war dead by gathering at the iconic memorial to lay wreaths and observe two minutes silenceCredit: LNP
War veterans gather in central London before a two-minutes silenceCredit: LNP
Head of Stations for Southern and Ian Henderson, grandson of WWI veteran pay tribute to war veterans at The Silent Soldier on Brighton Station’s concourseCredit: PA
Troops line up to pay tribute to the country’s war dead in Liverpool todayCredit: PA
Flower arrangers add the finishing touches to a large cross being decorated with poppies at York MinsterCredit: PA
A man wears a poppy close to the Cenotaph this morningCredit: Reuters
Tributes have been paid at war memorials across the country on Armistice DayCredit: PA
“As every year passes we take one step further away from the wars of the last century where our armed forces, and those who kept the home fires burning, sacrificed so much.
“Remembrance is always a humbling time of year, because I reflect, as we all do, that our country, our way of life, our values and our democracy are hard fought for, by the UK and our allies, through life-ending and life-changing sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we live by every day.
“We will remember them.”
Yesterday, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a military-style coat and a Remembrance poppy as she officially opened two galleries at the Imperial War Museum.
The two-minute silence has been a tradition since 1919 to remember those who gave their lives in all conflicts.
Many services on Remembrance Sunday will also hold a two-minute silence at 11am.
Prince Charles – seen here in 2018 – will join other members of the Royal Family at Sunday’s Remembrance Day commemorationsCredit: Getty
A two-minute silence is held each year to honour Britain’s war deadCredit: Royston Leonard / mediadrumworld
The Queen is set to lead the nation’s tributes to the fallen at Sunday’s commemorations at the CenotaphCredit: Getty