Queen watches as Charles leads commemorations — Remembrance Sunday

Angelo Anderson
November 13, 2017

Prince Charles led the annual ceremony to honour Britain's war dead on Sunday, laying a wreath on behalf of 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth to mark Remembrance Sunday as she watched the service from a balcony.

The monarch, who is reducing her public duties after 65 years on the throne, had asked her son to lay a wreath of poppies on her behalf.

The other four were while she was on state visits overseas.

In a break with tradition, the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh will observe the two-minute silence at 11am from a balcony while senior members of the royal family and political leaders lay wreaths. It gave no official reason but a source said the Queen chose to hand over the duty to be with her husband Philip, 96, who this year retired from his solo public duties. The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, Princess Royal and Duke of Kent paid similar tributes.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire and DUP leader Arlene Foster laid wreaths at the cenotaph in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh - 30 years since an IRA bombing there killed 12 on Remembrance Sunday.

PSNI chief inspector Graham Dodds said: "This is a sickening attempt by cowards to create fear and disruption on a day when many gather to pay their respects to the courageous men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice and must be unreservedly condemned".

After the ceremony, thousands of veterans from the Second World War, and more recent conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan, marched past the Cenotaph.

The L/Bdr lost both legs and suffered more than 40 injuries, including brain damage in a bomb attack in 2006, after his when his Land Rover hit an anti-tank mine in Helmand.

This year is the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein.

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