Royalty, Politicians and Miltary attended the annual Remembrance Sunday Ceremony to honour Britain’s War Dead this Sunday. The event was headed by HM the Queen at Cenotaph in Whitehall and was watched by thousands of spectators and millions watching at home live.

Dressed in military uniform The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal and The Duke of Kent  along with the Queen laid wreaths of poppies to remember the Soldiers that have lost their life in all Wars.

 

Prince Harry was not there but (according to The Telegraph) attended a small ceremony at the American base in Arizona where he is in helicopter training with his squadron.

 

Other members of the British Royal Family watch from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth building. The only man on the center balcony was Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence, husband of the queen’s daughter, Princess Anne the Princess Royal.

There Kate Middleton joined mother-in-law Camilla and Sophie the Countess of Wessex to (more or less) honor those who died while serving their country. The somber atmosphere of those who lost a loving person for their country could not befoul Kate’s funny mood. So she kept giggling and chatting as if she would think about her next shopping tour with sister Pippa. The Katefans might argue that with her short princess training she can’t have her face perfectly under control. Well, I call it common sense not to joke and giggle, nor laugh out loud at a funeral, which is exactly in what category this event falls. Being married to the heir to the throne, Kate can’t belittle the sacrifices the armed forces made because in a way they also serve her. I can’t believe I am the only one complaining about this.

Like the other women, Kate was in black, wearing a wool designed by Diane von Fürstenberg, double-breasted coat topped by a round.  The hat she chose was a black felt hat with black satin/silk sweeping bow, adorned with studs credited to Jane Corbett by the Royal Post, her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings and two paper poppies to complete her look.
(which by the way looked remarkably like Diana’s first Remembrance Day outfit.)

 

 


Also laying wreaths were Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, former Prime Ministers including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, John Major and Margret Thatcher was also in attendance.  Representatives for all Commonwealth Nations also laid wreaths to represent their countries human sacrifice. Wreaths were also laid by leaders from the Royal Navy, Army, RAF and other organisations

Following the laying of wreaths Bishop of London Dr Richard Chartres led the short service at the Cenotaph where prayers were said for soldiers who died in major wars.

 

Then 7,500 veterans organised by the Royal British Legion marched past the Cenotaph while the emotional watching crowds clapped for them.


Dozens of organisations representing servicemen from past conflicts walked along Whitehall, where Charles was waiting to take their salutes.

 

The royals had earlier lined up behind the Queen for the two-minute silence – which was signalled by gunfire from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Horse Guards Parade.

 

The Queen stood with her head bowed as Big Ben chimed, before another blast marked the end of the silence and the Buglers of the Royal Marines sounded the moving tune of The Last Post. 

 

This year also marked 90yrs since the end of WW1 as well as 90yrs since the formation of the Royal British Legion.


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Posted by mousiekins
Dated: 14th November 2011
Filled Under: Duty, Royalty