Published: Tue, November 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Queen Elizabeth II Tearful During Emotional Remembrance Day Ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II Tearful During Emotional Remembrance Day Ceremony

In a short break from campaigning for the December 12 elections, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid a wreath during a service at St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton while Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn attended a ceremony outside Islington Town Hall, north London.

The Queen was dressed in black (aside from the red poppies pinned on her lapel) as she watched her son, Prince Charles lay the first wreath of red poppies on the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

Queen Elizabeth II joined Britons in remembering their war dead, as the country's political leaders paused campaigning for the December 12 election to choose aspect in a somber Remembrance Sunday services in London. An aide laid a wreath on behalf of the queen's 98-year-old husband Prince Philip, who has retired from public engagements.

For the past three years the Remembrance Sunday ceremony has been watched by the Queen from the Foreign Office and Commonwealth building balcony accompanied by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

He made history the night before, helping to lead the service at the Festival of Remembrance at the the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of the Queen and Royal Family.

Former prime ministers were also there.

As with many royal events, the Royals were the last ones to appear, being preceded by members of the clergy, politicians and political representatives, who were also there to lay a wreath.

Senior rabbi of Reform Judaism, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, said: "It's an enormous blessing to attend", adding that "this year was especially poignant as it was the first year in which we are marking civilian deaths alongside the sacrifice of those who served in the armed forces".

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

The nation has paid its respects to those killed in conflict as Britain marked Remembrance Sunday.

At 12pmCET, two minutes of silence were observed nationwide.

He said: "I held the hand of my four year old daughter and we went forward to lay the wreath on behalf of the Jewish community".

After wreaths are laid, the Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally, will lead a service of remembrance which will end with trumpeters of the Royal Air Force sounding Rouse (Reveille).

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.

Whether Camilla is up to the weekend's Remembrance Day events is yet to be seen.

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