King Charles and the Armed Forces lead nation in Remembrance at the Cenotaph

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His Majesty The King, King Charles III pictured about to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph today. Photographer: Simon Walker / No10 Downing Street. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Armed Forces personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force came together at the Cenotaph today, Remembrance Sunday, for the National Service of Remembrance.

Joining His Majesty The King and members of the Royal Family, more than 600 members of the Armed Forces honoured the brave servicemen and women killed in all conflicts since the First World War.

Photographer: CPO Owen Cooban – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin laid a wreath in tribute to British and Commonwealth personnel who gave their lives in war.

Following the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, HRH The Earl of Wessex took the salute from veterans at a saluting dais on Horse Guards Parade before they marched past the Cenotaph.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

“Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect upon the sacrifices made by our veterans and service personnel on operations around the world. We must never forget those who gave their lives in defence of our values and our great nation.

“All of us will also be thinking of those brave Ukrainians who are fighting for their very own survival to defend freedom and democracy for all, just as the UK and Commonwealth soldiers did in both world wars.

“Today, members of the UK Armed Forces at the Cenotaph and around the world will come together to honour all those who came before them.”

Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP (centre) at the Cenotaph today. Photographer: Simon Walker / No10 Downing Street – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

This year, service personnel have paused to remember all those who lost their lives in the Falklands Conflict 40 years ago. The conflict was the first military action since the Second World War that utilised all elements of the Armed Forces, with 255 British personnel losing their lives, as well as three local civilians.

Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

More than 100 veterans and bereaved next of kin of the Falklands Conflict have travelled to the islands on a Royal Air Force flight to take part in Remembrance Sunday commemorations on the islands.

British Armed Forces personnel also paused to remember the Ukrainian people who have lost their lives fighting for democracy and shared values this year.

Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Chief of Defence Staff Sir Admiral Tony Radakin said:

“Remembrance Sunday is a time to honour the sacrifices made by our forebears in the name of freedom, democracy and the rule-of-law. We pay tribute to those who fought for our nation in the First and Second World Wars, in the Falklands Conflict forty years ago, and in the campaigns that followed. We will remember them.”

The National Service of Remembrance provides the nation with an annual reminder of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of duty and of what the nation asks of its Armed Forces to be able to uphold today’s freedoms and way of life.

Photographer: LPhot Lee Blease – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

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