11/11/2012

Remembrance Day: Royals salute the fallen

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth closes her eyes as she stands by a cross bearing a poppy during Remembrance Sunday services at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. (AP Photo)

Just as they have since 1919, Commonwealth nations observed two minutes of silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

1c0f1ef95ea54dd7a205In London, the streets around Whitehall fell silent at the clock of Big Ben rang the hour and Queen Elizabeth led Britons in saluting those who have died preserving freedom since the First World War.

The Queen was the first to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph, followed by Prince Philip and Prince William (right), then other senior members of the Royal Family, politicians and high commissioners from other countries.

From a balcony, the service was watched by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne's husband, Sir Timothy Lawrence.

Missing was Prince Harry, who is on a four-month tour with British troops in Afghanistan, and Prince Charles, who attended ceremonies in New Zealand, where he and Camilla are on a two-week royal tour.

About 10,000 veterans marched past the Cenotaph in the ceremony that was first since the last surviving veteran of the First World War, Florence Green of Britain, died in February at age 110. Canada's last First World War veteran, John Babcock, died in 2010. 

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip lead other members of the Royal Family at the Cenotaph on Whitehall. (Getty Images)

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The Cenotaph in London on Whitehall is surrounded by royals and dignataries paying their respects to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday. (Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth lays a wreath during the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London. (Reuters)

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, attend the Remembrance Sunday service in Whitehall from a balcony. (Getty Images)

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Prince Charles places a wreath at an Armistice Day service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. (AP Photo)

156002439Prince Charles meets veterans as New Zealand Prime MinisterJohn Key looks on after an Armistice Day Commemoration at the Auckland War Memorial. (Getty Images)

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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit the Australian War Memorial on Saturday in Canberra, Australia, on the last day of the Australian leg of a Diamond Jubilee. (Getty Images)

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This whole family is fake - they support war - without it who would bow to them or give them one penny. Fighting for democracy - more like fighting for Empire. When the Queen states publicly that ALL people are SOVEREIGN, SACRED, SPIRITUAL beings then I know she is sincere but then that is the point is it not to keep people in darkness about who we are and give our power away to the royals, the church and the state. Time to take back our own power and personal responsibility to take care of life. We are doing a sad sorry job of honouring and celebrating life. All the images of rememberance death are of death and decay - Its time for new images that celebrate life with what makes us best - the arts, music, dancing all the arts that make life more interesting and beautiful. Next rememberance day lets dance - I am sure those who died at war would like that rather than this morbid self-serving insincere act that only keeps the ugliness and hatred alive. Peace Peace PEace

Know one glorifies war, what we remember is the bravery, committment and Sacrifice that so paid so dearly for. We remember the familes torn apart with far too many ever reconciling again. We remember and one day away from the arts, music, and dancing a year seems like such a simple task compared to what so many soldiers endured. Lest we forget.

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