Queen leads Remembrance Sunday tribute to war dead

Despite her age, the Queen again once again was at The Cenotaph in central London to lay a wreath in honour of the British and Commonwealth soldiers who have died in every conflict since WWI.

She's 82 years old but still serves her country well.

Other members of the Royal Family - such as the Prince of Wales, Prince William, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of Edinburgh (a World War II veteran) and the Princess Royal - also laid wreaths at The Cenotaph, as well as representatives of Commonwealth nations.

And hundreds of veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force and many other military organisations marched past.

Queen leads Remembrance Sunday tribute to war dead on 90th anniversary of the end of World War One

By Daily Mail Reporter
09th November 2008
Daily Mail

The Queen led the nation in acknowledging the ultimate sacrifice made by Britain's war dead at today's Remembrance Sunday ceremony.

The monarch joined senior royals, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and other political leaders in laying wreaths at the Cenotaph Memorial in Whitehall, central London.

The solemn gesture took place in front of thousands of veterans who also gathered to pay their respects at this year's event, which marks the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

In memory: The Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

The Cenotaph in London's Whitehall where thousands of veterans marched past the memorial

For the first time, the Territorial Army - which is celebrating its 100th anniversary - was granted the privilege of also laying a wreath at the monument.

The Queen stood solemnly at 11 o'clock as the nation marked a two-minute silence in memory of those who have perished defending the country.

After a cannon marked the end of the silence, the monarch approached the Cenotaph, laying a wreath and pausing for a moment's reflection before joining family members.

Solemn: The Queen led the 90th Remembrance Day service in London today

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Prince William - an officer in the Blues and Royals - followed in making the gesture, each saluting as they did so.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Tory leader David Cameron and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, each then laid their wreaths.

A frail-looking Baroness Thatcher, 83, was accompanied by former PM John Major throughout the service.

Young and old: A young boy sits on his father's shoulders near the Cenotaph
Old memories: Harry Patch, 110, the last remaining British veteran of the First World War, holds a wreath during a service in Somerset, while his carer holds three crosses to mark the loss of his friends killed when he was injured in 1917

The rain held off for the ceremony, but wintry conditions appeared to take its toll as many among the crowd appeared to shiver in the cold.

Lining the streets they looked on as war veterans, many elderly and frail, marched close to the Cenotaph, proudly wearing their medals and regimental berets.

Stuart Gendall, spokesman for the Royal British Legion, said: 'It is the 90th anniversary of the end of World War One, supposedly the war to end all wars, and yet here we are today and conflicts are still ongoing.

Paying respects: David Cameron, Gordon Brown and former Prime Minister John Major lay wreaths

Remembering: Former Prime Ministers John Major and Margaret Thatcher arrive at the Cenotaph with Alistair Darling and Jack Straw behind them

'One-hundred-and-twenty-one young men and women have lost their lives in Afghanistan.'
He added that it was important for the nation to come together and remember all those that laid down their lives fighting for their country.

Remembering fallen comrades: British soldiers gathered at Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, to mark Remembrance Sunday

One absentee from today's ceremony was Tony Blair.

The former prime minister is currently in Egypt in his role as special envoy of the Middle East Quartet.

A spokesman from his office said: 'Reflecting the importance of remembrance and honour for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in time of war, Mr Blair will mark Armistice Day at one of the Commonwealth war graves in the region on Tuesday to pay his respects.'

Tribute: Prince William and the Duke of Edinburgh give a salute at the ceremony

Prince Harry attended a Remembrance Service with members of the Household Cavalry, Windsor but unlike previous years the prince was not in uniform


Our Queen is a real diamond always present at this event,never ever has she shirked her duties this woman is dedicated to her role as monarch, by events in history, this lady has been given this load on her shoulders, she is to be admired. We will never ever have another Head of State such as her, God Save the Queen.
- Rosina Lambert, London

- P.W.Murray-Clarke, polgooth,cornwall,UK.,

Long Live The Queen.
And long may she Reign.
- Barbara, Bolton .England

We should always remember those who gave their lives otherwise my brother died in vain.
As a member of the Royal British Legion Scotland for 58 years I organise all the poppy collection wher e I live, people do care one cant ell from how willing they are to donate money to such a worthwhile cause.
One should aways remember those that our still fighting for us.
How can Brown have the front to be seen at the cenotaph, for it is because of his government that we are gining away to what was the enemy all that these soldiers fought for. Freedom to be British and not controlled by a foreign concern.
- John, Tendring,England,

I really shouldn't be reading so much Wodehouse. I've been looking through this very serious article, and looking at the pictures of official laying wreaths, all the time wondering how many of them have got a Jeeves of their own.
What happened with having the service on Nov. 11????