This Sunday morning, the new British King Charles III. (73) led the traditional Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph War Memorial in London for the first time as a monarch. Charles, who succeeded his late mother to the throne, previously represented Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) at the memorial service when she was unwell.
The new British king was then also the first to lay a wreath at the cenotaph, followed by a wreath laid in the name of King Consort Camilla (75). Camilla watched the event from a balcony of the Foreign Office. Next, Charles' son and heir to the throne Prince William (40) laid a wreath at the war memorial. Numerous former prime ministers such as Boris Johnson (58), Theresa May (66) and Tony Blair (69) as well as incumbent Rishi Sunak (42) were also present and also laid wreaths.
Just in time for Remembrance Day, the bells of Big Ben rang eleven times before the two-minute silence at 11 a.m. Western European Time. As the "BBC" writes, the famous clock tower is officially back in service. It was renovated years ago. The bells only rang on occasions such as the turn of the year or the funeral of the deceased monarch.
The service was led by Sarah Mullally (60), Bishop of London. In addition, the royal family around King Charles III. parade of 10,000 military veterans. Remembrance Sunday commemorates those who lost their lives serving Britain and the Commonwealth in wars and other conflicts.