Britain pauses in respect on Remembrance Sunday

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Senior politicians and the Royal family members attended the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph war memorial in London…reports Asian Lite News.

The United Kingdom on Sunday observed two minutes of silence at war memorials and services across the country to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

Remembrance Sunday is observed on the second weekend of November every year. The said National service is being held since 1919 as an opportunity to commemorate and remember the war heroes, their sacrifices and services to defend freedoms.

Senior politicians and the Royal family members attended the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph war memorial in London.

Prior to the service, Johnson met with veterans, cadets and serving Armed Forces personnel in Downing Street. On Remembrance Sunday every year, the whole nation condoles and remembers those who sacrificed their lives in conflicts since World War I. Apart from two minutes of silence, wreaths will be laid at war memorials across the country.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and members of the Cabinet join members of the Royal Family at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

The National Service of Remembrance was not open to the public last year, in the aftermath of the pandemic. Although, this year the service has returned to normal and thousands of veterans participating in the Royal British Legion’s Veteran Parade.

The National Service of Remembrance event was telecasted live on BBC One, Sky, ITV and YouTube.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II missed Sunday’s Remembrance service due to a “sprained back”.

“The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph,” a palace statement said.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and members of the Cabinet join members of the Royal Family at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

“Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.”

Her son Prince Charles will lay a wreath on her behalf, as in previous years.

Charles and his son Prince William represented the family in Glasgow, making a series of speeches.

A two-day trip to Northern Ireland was also shelved as was her appearance Tuesday at the General Synod, the national assembly of the Church of England which she heads.

Cabinet join members of the Royal Family at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

The 95-year-old was due to view Sunday’s annual service in London from a balcony, as she has done since 2017, when she handed over some duties to younger members of the family.

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