Published: Sun, November 10, 2019

Thousands gather to honour the fallen — Remembrance Sunday

Thousands gather to honour the fallen — Remembrance Sunday

An equerry is due to lay a wreath for the Duke of Edinburgh who is not expected to be present after retiring from royal duties two years ago.

Later today, the National Service of Remembrance will take place at St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, which will be attended by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.

It is traditionally held on Sunday nearest to the Armistice Day marking the end of the First World War.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A Veteran uses a black poppy cab following the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England.

This was the 100th ceremony at the Cenotaph, following a tradition first begun after the first world war when thousands flooded into London and the memorial became a focal point for the bereaved.

As Parliament's Big Ben bell sounded at 11 a.m., the crowd fell silent for a two-minute pause.

All three services played traditional music for the service, including the Last Post, played by Buglers of the Royal Marines.

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, and the opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, joined other party leaders at the memorial to "The Glorious Dead" on Whitehall.

The pair were joined in laying wreaths by Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, the DUP's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds and newly elected Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

But the politicians did not entirely steer clear of partisan point-scoring. Nearly everyone wore a red paper poppy - the official symbol of remembrance - on their lapel.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were among those who took part in commemorations.

A parade will begin in Duke Street in Douglas from 9.15am ahead of a service led by the Island's Archdeacon at St Thomas's Church from 10am.

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