Armistice Day 2017 in pictures: Ceremonies and two-minute silence mark the end of the First World War

 
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The Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey (Source: Getty)

Millions of people across the UK fell silent today to remember the nation's war dead on Armistice Day.

Although Big Ben has been silent since August for ongoing repair work, it chimed today to mark the two-minute silence on the 99th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Europe's military leaders signed the Armistice in the forest of Compiegne in France and the cessation of fighting between the Allied and Central Powers officially took effect at 11am on the 11 November 1918.

Tonight, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend the Royal Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall. Tomorrow, on Remembrance Sunday, Prince Charles will take the place of his mother and lay the head of state's wreath at the Cenotaph.

This year the event also marked the centenaries of the Battle of Passchendaele, women's service in the regular Armed Forces and the creation of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

In London, the Western Front Association held its annual remembrance service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, where wreaths were laid.

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A trumpeter played The Last Post at the end of the two-minute silence (Source: Getty)

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Participants stood to attention at the WFA's ceremony (Source: Getty)

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Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson lay a wreath at the Cenotaph (Source: Getty)

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Other events in the UK marking Armistice Day included an outdoor service of remembrance at the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire.

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99-year-old Second World War veteran Les Cherrington attended the ceremony in Staffordshire (Source: Getty)

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Serving servicemen and veterans gathered at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge in Scotland.

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In France, French prime minister Edouard Philippe laid a wreath at the Glade of the Armistice.

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The day was also remembered in Kosovo, where German Nato soldiers and members of the Kosovo Security Force observed the silence at the orthodox cemetery in Pristina.

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