Royal Family Attends Wreath Laying Ceremony For Remembrance Day

Cheryl Sanders
November 10, 2019

An equerry laid a wreath for the Duke of Edinburgh, who was not present after retiring from royal duties two years ago.

The Queen looked on from the first balcony, flanked by Camila, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Other Remembrance Sunday ceremonies are taking place across the country and around the world, including in countries where the armed forces are now deployed, such Afghanistan, Estonia and South Sudan.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex viewed the event from a separate balcony with the Countess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.


Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter was in attendance at the Cenotaph and laid a wreath alongside the Chiefs of the Royal Navy, British Army and RAF.

A wreath-laying at the War Memorial on Douglas promenade will follow a two-minute silence at 11am. The silence was broken by a single artillery blast and Royal Marines buglers sounding "The Last Post".

It is also the first time the services have been honoured in this way, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the 110th anniversaries of the Security Service (MI5) and Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

Hundreds of armed forces personnel will also be present at the occasion, alongside Cabinet ministers, religious leaders and representatives of Commonwealth nations.


Following the ceremony, up to 10,000 veterans and servicemen and women marched past the Cenotaph to honour the fallen.

Just like past year, it was a royal full house at this important event, with Queen Elizabeth II joined by all four of her children and various members of their families, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

John Rankin, the Governor, said: “Bermudians fought with Allied Forces in both World Wars and we rightly honour their contribution each year on Remembrance Day in Bermuda.


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