Picture Special: Armed Forces lead the nation in National Act of Remembrance

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A national two-minute silence, led by Her Majesty The Queen, has taken place across the UK today commemorating the servicemen and women killed in all conflicts since the First World War.

Around 150 personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force were present at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London, as members of the Royal Family and senior politicians laid wreaths after the two minute silence at 11am.

Other Remembrance Sunday ceremonies are taking place across the country and around the world, including in countries where the armed forces are currently deployed, such as Afghanistan, Cyprus and Somalia. Over the past year UK troops have been deployed on 35 operations in 30 countries around the world.

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

Amongst those remembered is LCpl Brodie Gillon who was killed in action following an incident at Camp Taji on 11 March 2020.

Hold your horses before it’s time to set off
A smaller but still impressive parade this year due to Covid19
Putting the final touches in place
Image of the Armed forces early this morining (08/11/2020), seen here at Wellington Barracks in London preparing to lead the National Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph today.
Around 150 personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force were present at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London, as members of the Royal Family and senior politicians laid wreaths after the two minute silence at 11am.
Paying repects
Old soldiers in attendance
Kings Troop Number one gun on Horse Guards Parade during the 2 minute silence.
Kings Troop firing the number one gun. As Big Ben sounded the 11th hour, on Horse Guards Parade, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired the minute Gun to mark the start of the two minute silence and again to Mark its end for the National Act of Remembrance. The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery is a ceremonial unit of the British Army, quartered at Woolwich. It is a mounted unit and all of its soldiers are trained to care for and drive teams of six horses pulling each of six First World War-era QF 13-pounder guns used today to fire salutes on state occasions. Its duties include the firing of royal salutes on royal anniversaries and state occasions, and providing a gun carriage and team of black horses for state and military funerals. The unit is most often seen providing gun salutes on state occasions in Hyde Park, and Green Park.
Members of the Chelsea Pensioners from The Royal Chelsea Hospital showed their respect on today’s Remembrance Parade. Seen here at Horse Guards Parade before making their way to the Cenotaph in London.
Members of the Royal British Legend marching towards the Cenotaph in London today (08/11/2020).
The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery is a ceremonial unit of the British Army, quartered at Woolwich. It is a mounted unit and all of its soldiers are trained to care for and drive teams of six horses pulling each of six First World War-era QF 13-pounder guns used today to fire salutes on state occasions. Its duties include the firing of royal salutes on royal anniversaries and state occasions, and providing a gun carriage and team of black horses for state and military funerals. The unit is most often seen providing gun salutes on state occasions in Hyde Park, and Green Park.
Members of the Chelsea Pensioners from The Royal Chelsea Hospital showed their respect on today’s Remembrance Parade. Seen here making their way to the Cenotaph in London.
As Big Ben sounded the 11th hour, on Horse Guards Parade, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired the minute Gun to mark the start of the two minute silence and again to Mark its end for the National Act of Remembrance.
The Last Post
Image of the Armed forces early this morining (08/11/2020), seen here at Wellington Barracks in London preparing to lead the National Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph today.
Kings Troop head back down the Mall and into wellington Barracks after the parade.
Final Orders

Photo credits and caption writer: Cpl Sally Raimondo, MOD

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