Britain’s King Charles leads Remembrance Sunday for the first time as a monarch


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King Charles III led Britain’s annual Remembrance Sunday service for the first time as a monarch.

The king attended the service alongside Camilla, the queen consort and other members of the royal family at the Cenotaph in central London.

The king laid a new wreath at the cenotaph, whose design pays homage to the wreaths of his grandfather, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

Camilla watched the moment from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. A wreath was laid in his name for the first time.

The wreaths of the king and queen consort were accompanied by handwritten cards with their new figures.

King Charles lays a wreath as he attends the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Whitehall Cenotaph on November 13, 2022.

A two-minute national silence was observed at 11:00 a.m. local time (6:00 a.m. ET), marked by the tolling of Big Ben, which is now officially back in operation after a five-year restoration project.

Other members of the royal family who attended the service were William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne.

Sunday’s event also saw a march of around 10,000 Royal British Legion veterans, including veterans of the Second World War and those who have served in conflicts since then.

The annual service is held on the Sunday closest to November 11, the day World War I ended in 1918.

The event commemorates all those who died in conflicts.

On Saturday evening, members of the royal family, including Charles, Camilla, William and Kate, attended the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. During the event, which also commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, a video tribute to Queen Elizabeth was shown.

Charles, 73, became Britain’s monarch after his mother’s death in September. His coronation is scheduled for next May to allow time to mourn Isabel’s death and plan the ceremony.

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