UK Royal Family leads annual Remembrance Day commemorations

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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have put election campaigning on hold to pay respects to war dead at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

A host of military and foreign representatives also laid wreaths by the Cenotaph, while other Cabinet ministers and religious leaders were in attendance.

At 12pmCET, two minutes of silence were observed nationwide.

In a decade-long tradition, London black cabs were on hand on Sunday to provide free transport to participating veterans from the capital's main train stations to Whitehall as a mark of thanks for their service.

David Burt, the Premier, said: “The recognition of the fearless service of Bermudian men and women in the World Wars is a much welcomed addition to the London Service of Remembrance.”.

An equerry is due to lay a wreath for the Duke of Edinburgh who is not expected to be present after retiring from royal duties two years ago. While serving in the Royal Navy, he was mentioned in dispatches for his role in the Battle of Matapan in the second world war.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at the Cenotaph in central London.

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex will follow their father in laying wreaths, while their wives will also watch the ceremony from balconies.

Former prime ministers were also there. This year's event celebrated the 75th anniversaries of the great battles of 1944, paying tribute to the British, Commonwealth, and Allied armies who fought them.

Later today, the National Service of Remembrance will take place at St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, which will be attended by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. The crowd cheered as the veterans, the more elderly among them in wheelchairs, on motability scooters or leaning on walking sticks, passed the Cenotaph and saluted, eyes left.

Thousands of veterans, their medals glinting in the autumn sunshine, performed a traditional march past.

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