Remembrance Sunday 2014 in pictures: Queen leads commemorations at the Cenotaph

 
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The Queen laid a wreath at a remembrance ceremony in central London today (Source: Getty)

The Queen led the nation in paying its respects to fallen servicemen and women today, 100 years on from the anniversary of the start World War One.

At the Cenotaph in central London, the Queen laid a wreath following a two-minute silence in memory of Britain's killed military personnel.

Following the Queen's lead, Prince Charles, Prince William and the Duke of Edinburgh laid wreaths at the Cenotaph. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg also laid wreaths, as did 46 high commissioners from Commonwealth countries.

The ceremony marked the first time an ambassador from the Republic of Ireland has participated in a wreath laying ceremony in London since 1946. The Irish ambassador to the UK, Dan Mulhall, was invited by the British government to take part in the ceremony. The government said they wanted to recognise the "immense contribution and shared sacrifice" of the Irish people who served in British forces. Around 50,000 Irish soldiers lost their lives in the First World War.

On a sunny November day, large crowds flocked to the Tower of London's popular poppy installation.

Memorials for those killed in combat will continue this evening, as falling poppies will be projected onto Big Ben this evening. The public can also visit Westminster Abbey's fields of remembrance in its grounds until 16 November.


A century after WW1 broke out, the Queen led the nation in remembering British military personnel who had fallen.


The Queen, dressed completely in black, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the nation.


Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg joined the David Cameron in laying a wreath. The Prime Minister said in a speech: "Today we stand united to remember the courageous men and women who have served our country, defended our freedoms and kept us safe."

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and Countess of Wessex were present at the proceedings.


A young choir boy collapsed at the ceremony as the national anthem was sung.


The crowd stands to pay their respects at the Cenotaph.


Prince William lays a wreath.


Veteran members of the Guards Parachute Company Pathfinders stand by the Guards Memorial.


On a beautiful autumn's day, large crowds visited the Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red poppy installation at the Tower of London.


Following a public campaign to keep the installation beyond its initial end date of 11 November, the Tower of London agreed to keep its lights on the poppies until midnight each night.


888,246 ceramic poppies - representing each of the commonwealth servicemen and women killed in the first world war.


Of course, memorial tributes also took place around the country and the rest of the world. Here, in Fort William, Scotland, members of Scotland's armed forced pay their respects.


A commando memorial service in Spean Bridge, Scotland.


A family pays their respects at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

(All photo credit: Getty)

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