Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph
Each year, senior members of the Royal Family gather for the Sunday Service at the Cenotaph ahead of Remembrance Day. This year The Queen was joined by most senior members of the Royal Family including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne.
Cenotaph means 'empty tomb' and a service is held there the Sunday before every remembrance day to pay tribute to and remember the unprecedented loss experienced during World War I. The service pays tribute to all those who have lost their lives in defense of their countries.
For the past few years, the Prince of Wales has laid a wreath of poppies on behalf of the Queen who now observes the service from the balconies next to other members of the Royal Family. The Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Sussex, Princess Anne and the Prime Minister also laid wreaths at the tomb.
Following the service, thousands of veterans march past the tomb to remember the fallen. It has also become tradition for London black cab drivers to line up in order to take Veterans home following the service, free of charge.
The service includes hymns, military bands, a two minute silence, and the national anthem. Remembrance Day is a hugely important event across the globe with several countries paying tribute in their own ways to their fallen soldiers and the armed service personnel who dedicate their lives to their countries defense. xx