Remembrance Sunday - Queen Leads Tributes To The Fallen And Wounded (PHOTOS)

Remembrance Sunday

The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 13/11/2011 10:38 GMT Updated: 12/01/2012 10:12 GMT

The Queen has led tributes to UK servicemen and women killed and wounded in conflicts around the world at the Cenotaph in London. After days of gloomy weather in the capital, the sun came out and politicians, war veterans and leaders from across the Commonwealth paid their respect by laying wreaths before the country's most famous war memorial in Whitehall.

Thousands of service personnel, veterans and members of the public filed into Whitehall to observe the two minutes' silence.

The commemorations concluded a weekend of services and memorials across the UK, beginning on Armistice Day which fell on Friday. Services have also been held in Afghanistan, where British troops continue operations against the Taliban. 385 British service personnel have been killed since operations began in the country just over ten years ago.

The most recent casualty was named on Thursday as Matthew Thornton, from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. Like so many other British soldiers, he was killed by an IED mine while out on patrol.

In a poignant ceremony members of the Afghan National Army wore poppies and were saluted by senior British Army officers.

The Queen was joined by Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Leader Ed Miliband, along with other members of the Royal Family. They led the nation in a two minutes silence.

On Saturday the England football team held a friendly match with Spain at Wembley, wearing black armbands with poppies.


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