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Remembrance Sunday: The nation pays silent tribute to the fallen

Published 08/11/2015

Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Picture: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press.
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press.
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Picture: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press.
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Picture: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press.
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Picture: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press.
UUP Cllr Colin McCusker along with Dadm Downey (8) and Craig Hibble (9) from the Boys' brigade Junior section at the Remembrance Sunday service at Magheralin Church of Ireland. Pic: Matt Mackey - Presseye.com.
Remembrance Sunday at Magheralin Church of Ireland. Pic: Matt Mackey - Presseye.com.
UUP Cllr Colin McCusker lays a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday service at Magheralin Church of Ireland. Pic: Matt Mackey - Presseye.com.
Remembrance Sunday at Magheralin Church of Ireland. Pic: Matt Mackey - Presseye.com.
The Newry branch of the Royal British Legion at a wreath laying service on Remembrance Sunday. Newraypics.com.
Church of Ireland Bishop Rt Rev Harold Miller at the Newry Remembrance Sunday service. Pic: Newraypics.com
Members of the Newry branch of the Royal British Legion at the wreath laying service on Remembrance Sunday. Pic: Newraypics.com.
Members of the Newry branch of the Royal British Legion at the wreath laying service on Remembrance Sunday. Pic: Newraypics.com.
Members of the Newry branch of the Royal British Legion at the wreath laying service on Remembrance Sunday. Pic: Newraypics.com.
Wreath laying service in Newry on Remembrance Sunday. Pic: Newraypics.com
Merchant Navy Veterans Jim Leeson and Bertie Armstrong lay a wreath in Newry on Remembrance Sunday. Pic: Newraypics.com.
Gillian Fitzpatrick, Deputy Mayor of Newry, Mourne and Down Council lays a wreath on Remembrance Sunday. Pic: Newraypics.com
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Chief Constable George Hamilton during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Chief Constable George Hamilton during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Members of the public during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, Deputy Lord Mayor Guy Spence and First Minister Peter Robinson during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
First Minister Peter Robinson during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hal. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fionnuala Jay O'Boyle during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hal. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Armagh Old Boys on parade on Remembrance Sunday at The Mall, Armagh. Pic: LiamMcArdle.com.
Alderman Freda Donnelly, Lord Mayor of Armagh Darryn Causby and Lord Caledon at the War Memorial on The Mall Armagh. Pic: LiamMcArdle.com
Armagh Cubs at Remembrance Sunday on The Mall, Armagh. Pic: LiamMcArdle.com
Paul Corr Lays a wreath at the War Memorial on The Mall Armagh. Pic: LiamMcArdle.com
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Chief Executive Roger Wilson (left) and Lord Mayor Darryn Causby lay a wreath at the War Memorial on The Mall, Armagh. Pic: LiamMcArdle.com
Hilary McDowell of the Girls Brigade salutes the Platform party during Remembrance Sunday on The Mall, Armagh. Pic: LiamMcArdle.com
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Remembrance Sunday service at Belfast City Hall. Pic: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press.

The Queen led the nation in honouring members of the armed forces killed in conflict as Remembrance Sunday services took place around the country.

She was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, other senior royals and members of the leading political parties at the Cenotaph in central London.

Also present was King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands who laid a wreath following an invitation from the Queen to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands after the end of the Second World War.

In Belfast First Minister Peter Robinson and Secretary of State Theresa Villiers were joined by Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the City Hall.

Ms Villiers said: said: "In Belfast today with Northern Ireland's First Minister, the Lord Lieutenant of Belfast and the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, we remember the courage and sacrifice of this country's armed forces.

"Today's service was made particularly poignant as we approach 2016 and the centenary of the Somme which will have special resonance in Northern Ireland.

"We owe all the men and women who have served in the armed forces over the past hundred years a deep debt of gratitude."

Wreaths were laid at the foot of the Cenotaph in the grounds of the City Hall by the First Minister and the Secretary of State followed by representatives of the armed forces, veterans, PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton and Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Guy Spence.

Irish prime minister Enda Kenny laid a wreath at the war memorial in Enniskillen, 28 years to the day after an IRA bomb attack killed 12 and injured 63 attending the Remembrance Sunday ceremony.

In London the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and the Duke of York also laid wreaths, as the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the Countess of Wessex, and the Princess Royal's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, looked on from the Foreign Office balcony.

Prime Minister David Cameron was the first politician to lay a wreath, followed by Jeremy Corbyn who was wearing a poppy, and participated in the singing of the national anthem.

Mr Corbyn had previously attracted wide criticism for not singing the anthem at the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary commemorations.

Other members of the royal family, politicians, and high commissioners also laid their tributes as crowds lined Whitehall for the service, at the heart which was a two-minute silence marked at the beginning and end by the firing of an artillery gun.

Members of the armed forces at the Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Members of the armed forces at the Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Veterans during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
First Minister Peter Robinson during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Veterans during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers during the Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers during the Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
First Minister Peter Robinson during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
First Minister Peter Robinson during Remembrance Sunday wreath laying at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
First Minister Peter Robinson's wreath laid "On behalf of the citizens of Northern Ireland" at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
UUP Cllr Colin McCusker lays a wreath at Magheralin Church of Ireland. Matt Mackey - Presseye.com
UUP Cllr Colin McCusker lays a wreath at Magheralin Church of Ireland. Matt Mackey - Presseye.com
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown walks through Downing Street on his way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
An officer of the Royal Navy lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in Belfast City. Pic: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons.
Crowds wait before the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Queen Elizabeth II during the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Queen Elizabeth II during the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Troops form up outside St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, during a Remembrance Sunday parade held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. Danny Lawson/PA Wire.
Veterans parade past St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, during a Remembrance Sunday parade held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. Danny Lawson/PA Wire.
Troops form up outside St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, during a Remembrance Sunday parade held in tribute for members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. Danny Lawson/PA Wire.
Samantha Cameron before the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler walk through Downing Street on their way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha walk through Downing Street on their way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown walks through Downing Street on his way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie walk through Downing Street on their way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major walks through Downing Street on his way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne walks through Downing Street on his way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis walks through Downing Street on his way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn walks through Downing Street on his way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Home Secretary Theresa May, walks through Downing Street on her way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon walks through Downing Street on his way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal, Baroness Stowell of Beeston, walks through Downing Street on her way to the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Chris Radburn/PA Wire.
Military march before the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
A band marches before the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Police overlook the scene before the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Although cool and cloudy, the rain held off for the duration of the service and as thousands of veterans marched past the Cenotaph, before William took the salute at Horse Guards Parade.

Millions of people across the country fell silent in tribute to those lost in war, joining the crowds gathered in central London who stood in a moment of quiet contemplation as Big Ben struck 11am.

Later today giant falling poppies will be projected onto Parliament's Elizabeth Tower.

Thousands joined the Queen, a host of senior royals and Prime Minister David Cameron at London's Royal Albert Hall yesterday to honour the war dead and pay tribute to veterans from all conflicts in the annual event.

The service concluded with traditional prayers, hymns and blessings before an enthusiastic rendition of God Save The Queen.

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