Remembrance Sunday: Prince Charles Leads Wreaths At The Cenotaph In Whitehall

At the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales laid the Queen’s wreath at the memorial of Britain’s war dead.

It was the first time the monarch broke the tradition and not performed the duty in the 65 years of her reign. The Queen observes ceremony from the balcony of the foreign office instead of laying a wreath herself.

The crowds packed along Whitehall and the thousands of veterans and civilians marched in the ceremony which for decades played a central role in the UK.

The Prince laid the first of many wreaths at the Cenotaph when his mother was present and wiped away tears as she watched the ceremony. The nation fell silent at 11 am as people across the country reflected on the sacrifices made by fallen soldiers on Remembrance Sunday.

Other Wreaths were laid at the foot of the memorial by Theresa May and other political leaders including the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, former prime ministers Tony Blair and Sir John Major.

Prince Charles had laid a wreath in 1983 when the Queen was out of the country, and when she was in South Africa in 1999. The Queen also missed ceremonies in 1959 and 1963 while pregnant with her two youngest children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

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