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Remembrance Sunday Led By The Queen As Theresa May Urges For Troops Fighting Isis To Be Honoured

'We are united in our gratitude to those who continue to keep us safe.'

13/11/2016 13:31

The Queen led the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph on Sunday as the nation fell silent.

In the annual commemoration of the nation’s war dead, members of the royal family joined Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Theresa May and leaders of the main political parties to honour those who have died.

May said this year’s occasion should also be a time for honouring the bravery of British forces fighting so-called Islamic State militants, assisting UN peacekeeping efforts in Africa or fighting piracy.

The two-minute silence was observed at 11am.

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Queen Elizabeth II during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London.
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Veterans parade during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph.
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Britain's Prince William, right and Prince Harry.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II takes part in the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London
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Prime Minister Theresa May during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph.
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, right, and the Leader of the Opposition Labour party Jeremy Corbyn, center, stand in front of former Prime Ministers John Major, second right, Tony Blair, center left, and David Cameron, left, during the Remembrance Sunday service.
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A soldier looks out over poppy wreaths laid at the Cenotaph.
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Veterans parade during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service.
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(Left to right) The Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service.
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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Cherie Blair walk through Downing Street on their way to the annual Remembrance Sunday Service.

The Prime Minister said ahead of today’s service that the country also needs to remember those on active duty now battling Isis, also known as Daesh.

She said: “The way of life we enjoy today depends upon the service offered by members of the armed forces and their families.

“Across generations, and in every corner of the UK, today we remember those who gave so much for our values, our democracy, and our nation.

“At this time of reflection we must not forget those members of the armed forces who are currently away from loved ones, whether taking the fight to Daesh, assisting UN peacekeeping efforts in Africa or fighting piracy on the high seas.

“As we are united in remembrance of those who have made sacrifices for our freedom, so we are united in our gratitude to those who continue to keep us safe.”

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