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Remembrance Day: Queen leads tributes, as Corbyn sings out

By Jemma Crew, PA

Published 14/11/2016

The Queen attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph at Whitehall
The Queen attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph at Whitehall
The Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex watch from a balcony

The Queen led the nation as it paused for a two-minute silence to remember its war dead.

The head of state was joined by Prime Minister Theresa May for the service at the Cenotaph in central London - one of many taking place around the country in memory of those killed in past and present conflicts.

More than 750 Armed Forces personnel were applauded by crowds of poppy wearers as they marched to form a hollow square around the memorial in Whitehall.

As Big Ben struck 11am, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their First World War-era guns to mark the beginning and end of the reflection in the heart of Whitehall.

The Last Post was then sounded before the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, led a service.

Dressed in black, the Queen laid a wreath of poppies at the memorial for "The Glorious Dead" while the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, Mrs May and leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn followed suit.

Mr Corbyn joined in with God Save The Queen after previously attracting criticism for not singing the anthem at the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary commemorations last year.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall watched from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Former prime ministers David Cameron, Tony Blair and Sir John Major were also present, along with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

In Edinburgh, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Scotland at the Stone of Remembrance outside the City Chambers.

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