King Charles has paid tribute to Britain’s war dead as he led the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph this morning.
The monarch led a two-minute silence and laid the first wreath in front of the Cenotaph. The Prince of Wales was among the senior royals standing behind him and also laid a wreath.
Senior politicians including Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer, Sir Ed Davey, James Cleverly and Suella Braverman assembled near the Cenotaph. Behind them were former prime ministers Liz Truss, Boris Johnson, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Theresa May, Sir Tony Blair and Sir John Major.
Ms Braverman attended the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph this morning amid intensifying calls for her to be sacked after violence broke out during a pro-Palestinian march in London yesterday.
The Met Police made more than 100 arrests during the march and officers were injured by far-right thugs after the Home Secretary branded the Gaza rally a ‘hate march’ and accused Scotland Yard of bias for letting it go ahead.
Keir Starmer and Sadiq Khan have stepped up calls for Ms Braverman to be sacked. There is speculation over a reshuffle later this week – potentially after a crunch Rwanda policy judgment on Wednesday.
King Charles has paid tribute to Britain’s war dead as he led the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph this morning
King Charles led a two-minute silence and laid the first wreath in front of the Cenotaph
The Prince of Wales was among the senior royals standing behind the King and also laid a wreath
King Charles leads the Remembrance Sunday service this morning
Prince William is pictured at the Remembrance Sunday service on Whitehall today
The current and former prime ministers attend the Remembrance Sunday service
Queen Camilla (pictured) and Princess of Wales watched on from an overlooking balcony
The Princess of Wales watched on from an overlooking balcony
King Charles has paid tribute to Britain’s war dead as he leads the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph this morning
The Prince and Princess of Wales are pictured en route to the Cenotaph on Sunday
Members of the military form up on Parliament Street ahead of the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak lays a wreath during the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on Sunday
Home Secretary Suella Braverman (centre) and Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (right) hold wreaths during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, in Whitehall
Police were out in Whitehall on Sunday for the National Service of Remembrance
Police officers watch over the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph in London
Chelsea Pensioners sell poppies on Westminster Bridge before the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Whitehall
A large crowd of people descended on Whitehall today for Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph.
There was a strong police presence, with officers lining both sides of the road and standing sentry centre around the monument.
Wreaths of poppies were taken through the gates of Downing Street ahead of the service at the Cenotaph.
Some 10,000 veterans and 800 armed forces personnel members from all three services marched past as crowds of onlookers clapped them as they arrived.
Members of the Royal Navy were stationed outside the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building on Whitehall, and a band from his Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth played for the crowd.
A group of Royal British Legion trustees stood at the front of a large group of people, stretching back down Whitehall. Members of the Gurkha Brigade Association were among those gathered behind them.
Nine D-day veterans are due to participate in the Remembrance Day service with the oldest being Joe Randall, 100, who marched with the Spirit of Normandy Trust.
Massed Bands and Pipers assembled and were playing in the rain at the Cenotaph.
The King led a two-minute silence and laid a wreath in front of the Cenotaph.
The Prince of Wales was among senior royals standing behind him and also laid a wreath. The Queen and Princess of Wales watched on from an overlooking balcony.
Wearing the uniform of The Marshal of the Royal Air Force with greatcoat, poppy and sword, Charles laid a wreath similar to the one produced for King George VI.
The wreath features 41 open style poppy petals made from bonded fabric, hard-wearing paper.
It is mounted on an arrangement of black leaves – traditional for sovereign’s wreaths – of 27-inch diameter ribbon and bow using the colours from The King’s racing silk – scarlet, purple and gold, Buckingham Palace said.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was among senior politicians who have laid a wreath at the Cenotaph.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Home Secretary Suella Braverman also who rook part in the ceremony.
Earlier, rainfall stopped before the King led the nation in a two-minute silence.
An emotional Princess Kate watched on from an overlooking balcony
Queen Camilla and Kate, Princess of Wales, attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (left) and Home Secretary Suella Braverman (right) carry wreaths as they attend the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony
SNP leader in the House of Commons fails to sing a note of the National Anthem as everyone around him does so
Queen Camilla appears emotional as the annual Remembrance Sunday service takes place
King Charles III and the Prince of Wales lay wreaths during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph
Former British Prime Ministers Liz Truss, Boris Johnson and Theresa May attend the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph
Home Secretary Suella Braverman becomes emotional as she attends the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall
Labour Party leader Keir Starmer lays down a poppy wreath as he attends the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph
Former Prime Ministers Theresa May and David Cameron become emotional as they attend the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph
The Princess of Wales smiles during the Remembrance Sunday service
View of the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph
Queen Camilla becomes emotional as she attends the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph
Veterans carrying wreaths during the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph
A wreath was laid at the Cenotaph for the Queen by Major Ollie Plunket, The Rifles, equerry to Camilla.
A wreath was laid at the Cenotaph for the Queen by Major Ollie Plunket, The Rifles, equerry to Camilla.
The Queen viewed the Remembrance Day service from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office centre balcony, alongside the Princess of Wales.
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal also laid wreaths at the Cenotaph.
The large crowd of onlookers watching the Remembrance Day ceremony in Whitehall sang God Save The King.
Charles then exited Whitehall back into the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building, followed by senior royals including the Prince of Wales.
Senior politicians including Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer and former prime ministers followed.
The service came after the Metropolitan Police said it made 126 arrests after far-right groups gathered to ‘protect the Cenotaph’ from a major pro-Palestine march during Armistice day on Saturday.
Nine officers were injured after they were pelted with bottles, cans and metal fences while preventing a crowd of mainly far-right football hooligans from reaching the Cenotaph.
A solemn looking Prince William attends the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Sunday
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak attends the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Sunday
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak carries a wreath as he attends the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall
Home Secretary Suella Braverman attends the National Service of Remembrance on Sunday
Prime Minister Rishi Sunk and Akshata Murty attend the National Service of Remembrance on Whitehall on Sunday
Soldiers march during the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on Whitehall in London on Sunday
Secretary of State for Defence, Grant Shapps attends the National Service of Remembrance
James Cleverly, the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, and his wife Susannah Janet Temple Cleverly attend the National Service of Remembrance in London on Sunday
A group of cadets from Preston gather on Trafalgar Square in central London before a service is held at The Cenotaph on Whitehall
A large police presence is in place in Westminster ahead of a National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in central London on Sunday after violence broke out during a pro-Palestinian march on Saturday
Former Prime Ministers Boris Johnson (left) and Gordon Brown (right) attend the National Service of Remembrance on Sunday
Former Prime Minister Liz Truss attends the National Service of Remembrance on Sunday
Veterans stand near the Guards Memorial on the day of the National Service of Remembrance, in Whitehall, Westminster on Sunday
A Royal Air Force service dog waits in Horse Guards to take part in the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, in Whitehall, London on Sunday
Chelsea Pensioners walk and ride wheelchairs near the Guards Memorial on the day of the National Service of Remembrance, in Whitehall, Westminster on Sunday
Scuffles broke out as police attempted to stop a crowd of people carrying St George’s flags marching along Embankment towards Whitehall, where the Cenotaph is located, shortly after 10am.
The group, which had been chanting ‘England ’til I die’ pushed through the police barrier, with some shouting ‘let’s have them’ as officers hit out with batons.
Further clashes with police took place in Chinatown with counter-protesters chanting: ‘You’re not English any more’ towards officers.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the ugly scenes on Armistice Day ‘utterly disrespects’ the spirit of remembrance. He said he would meet Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley to hold him ‘accountable’ for dealing with the disturbances.
Pictures showed rival groups of demonstrators clashing in Trafalgar Square, with one counter-protester seen wielding a stick – as Michael Gove was hassled by pro-Palestinians shouting ‘shame on you’ as he tried to leave Victoria station.
Mr Sunak said in a statement: ‘I condemn the violent, wholly unacceptable scenes we have seen today from the EDL (English Defence League) and associated groups and Hamas sympathisers attending the National March for Palestine. The despicable actions of a minority of people undermine those who have chosen to express their views peacefully.’
He said their actions do ‘not defend the honour of our Armed Forces, but utterly disrespects them’, adding: ‘That is true for EDL thugs attacking police officers and trespassing on the Cenotaph, and it is true for those singing antisemitic chants and brandishing pro-Hamas signs and clothing on today’s protest.’
Mr Sunak said he would be meeting the Met chief, adding: ‘All criminality must be met with the full and swift force of the law.
‘That is what I told the Met Police Commissioner on Wednesday, that is what they are accountable for and that is what I expect.’
The King will lead today’s events to mark the end of the First Word War, which will also members of the Royal Family and senior politicians lay wreaths at the base of the war memorial (pictured)
Far-right groups who gathered to ‘protect the Cenotaph’ from a major pro-Palestine march clash with police in London on Armistice Day
A man holding a stick was pictured among a group of counter-protesters in Trafalgar Square yesterday evening
There were clashes throughout the day after hundreds of far-right thugs gathered in Whitehall to ‘protect the Cenotaph’
In this photo counter-protesters are seen on the left and pro-Palestinians on the right
Police arrest a man outside The Silver Cross pub on Whitehall on a day of chaos in central London yesterday
Michael Gove was hassled by pro-Palestine protesters as he tried to leave Victoria station
Meanwhile, an emotional King Charles was last night joined by a host of high-profile royals as statues of his late parents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were unveiled at a special festival of remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
The life-sized bronze artworks, commemorating the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh‘s dedication to the Royal Albert Hall, were erected as part of the building’s 150th anniversary.
Charles was joined by Queen Camilla and the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance, with Kate wearing one of the late Queen’s pearl necklaces.
As they took their seats, Charles was seen waving to the packed hall.
Mr Sunak observed the event from a box to the left of the royals alongside his wife Akshata Murty while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer sat in a separate box to the right with his wife Lady Victoria.
The event saw the King unveil the statue of his late mother, while Camilla pulled back the curtain on the bust of Prince Philip.
Upon arriving, Charles and Camilla shook hands with two men before they revealed the statues for the first time.
After a countdown of three, Camilla pulled on a golden rope and red velvet curtains revealed the bronze statue of Prince Philip.
Then Charles did the same and unveiled the statue of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September 2022.
King Charles was pictured unveiling statues of his mother, the late Queen and Prince Philip
King Charles looked emotional as he unveiled the new statues of his mother and father
A statue of Queen Elizabeth II (L) unveiled by King Charles and a statue of Prince Philip unveiled by Queen Camilla (R)
Queen Camilla donned a black dress and multiple poppies as she attended the festival in London
The Princess of Wales attends the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London wearing the late Queen’s pearl necklace
The Royal Family were pictured at The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall, London. Pictured: From left, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, Kate, Princess of Wales, Prince William, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Queen Camilla and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
Artworks of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, were also unveiled at the Royal Albert Hall this week.
The statues, created by artist Poppy Field, ‘complete’ the building by filling the niches of its north porch, which have been empty since 1871, and its south porch, added in 2003.
Charles and Camilla were seen clapping at various points during the event including at the arrival of the Chelsea Pensioners.
Hosting the annual Royal British Legion event, Clare Balding said that servicemen and women who have lost their lives are ‘kept alive with our words, our memories, our tributes’.
There were performances from British soul singer Mica Paris, pop star Calum Scott, Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery and tenor Alfie Boe, who performed Bring Him Home.
The Princess Royal led a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest military campaign of the Second World War.