Queen will participate in the Sunday memorial service at the Cenotaph | Monarchy


The Queen will participate in the Sunday memorial service at the Cenotaph, leading the nation in commemoration of the fallen in war. The monarch, 95, was under doctors order to rest for nearly a month. He spent a night in the hospital on October 20 undergoing preliminary tests.

The event will have a greater intensity thanks to the return to the pre-pandemic number of veterans and military attending, as well as spectators.

The prime minister will be among high-level politicians and members of the royal family to lay a wreath at the war memorial in the center London for the National Memory Service.

Boris Johnson said it was a time to “come together to remember those who sacrificed everything in the service of our country.”

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said that “the time has come for all of us to stop, reflect and remember those millions of people from Great Britain and the Commonwealth who have kept us safe through their service and sacrifice.”

The commemoration service in Whitehall will return to normal this year, after the coronavirus pandemic limited the number of veterans and military personnel and closed the ceremony to the public last year.

Hundreds of soldiers and women will line up around the Cenotaph and nearly 10,000 veterans will march in front of the war memorial, watched by large crowds.

Buckingham Palace said it is the Queen’s “firm intention” to attend the annual wreath-laying service at Whitehall.

The monarch, who experienced World War II, is the head of the armed forces and attaches great importance to serving and commemorating the sacrifices made by the military and women.

He missed several other events, including Saturday’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, after being ordered to rest by royal doctors just over three weeks ago. Other members of the royal family and the prime minister joined a crowd of thousands to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in the conflicts during the annual Memorial Festival, which took place on Saturday evening.

The Prince of Wales will lay a wreath on the top step of the Cenotaph on behalf of the Queen as he watches from the balcony of a government building, as in previous years. Sunday at 11am there will be a two-minute national silence to remember those who fought in past conflicts and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Ceremonies will also take place at war memorials across the country, having been downsized last year with the Royal British Legion advising the public to commemorate from a distance by displaying a poppy in their window.


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