Prince Charles leads tributes to war dead on Remembrance Sunday


Politicians, members of the Royal Family and veterans are commemorating those who lost their lives in conflict as the UK marks Remembrance Sunday.

A two-minute silence was held across the country and wreaths were laid at memorials.

Prince Charles attended the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph in London and Big Ben chimed at 11:00 GMT for the first time since August.

The Queen did not lay a wreath but instead watched from the Foreign Office’s balcony.

Sir Stuart Peach, chief of the defence staff, told the Andrew Marr show that the day was one of remembrance and reconciliation.

“Today we mark and remember over a million British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in both world wars. So it is about remembering the sacrifice they made so that we can enjoy the freedom and liberty that we have today. It’s also very important to understand that this is about reconciliation. That nations move on.”

The new Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: “We must not forget the continued sacrifices our armed services make, right across the globe serving in 30 countries, making sure that this country remains safe – and that the freedoms that we have today continue to be protected.”

Last night the Queen and other members of the Royal Family took part in a Royal Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge were among those at the event, run by the British Legion and featuring performances from Emeli Sande, Tom Odell, Melanie C, Alfie Boe and the Band of HM Royal Marines.