Remembrance Sunday 2020

The Queen and members of the Royal Family attended the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London on Remembrance Sunday, November 8th, honouring those who have lost their lives in conflict, with this year marking the Centenary of the unveiling of the Cenotaph and the 75th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War.

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The Queen visited Westminster Abbey earlier this week to mark the Centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior, and during the ceremony, flowers based on her wedding bouquet from 1947 were placed on the grave in an act of remembrance. Due to the ongoing Pandemic, the Royal Family did not attend the annual Festival of Remembrance, and instead the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall gave speeches during the pre-recorded Festival.

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At the beginning of the solemn ceremony on the morning of the 8th, the Queen and members of the Royal Family watched Armed Forces personnel form a square around the memorial, which was followed by a 2-minute silence, after which members of the royal family, including the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Royal, the Earl of Wessex, and Duke of Kent laid wreaths on the Cenotaph memorial. The Prince of Wales laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen, for the third year in a row. The Queen was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, Sir Tim and the Countess of Wessex, as they observed the ceremony from the Balcony of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Following the ceremony, the National Anthem played as the Royal Family departed the Ceremony. Despite the second lockdown and the ongoing Pandemic, this was the Royal Family’s first joint event since March.

In Los Angeles, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the Los Angeles National Cemetery, to “personally recognise” Remembrance Sunday in their own way.  They laid flowers from their garden at the graves of two Commonwealth soldiers from the Riyal Australian Airforce and from the Royal Canadian Artillery before the Duke laid a wreath: “To all of those who have served, are are serving. Thank you.”

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