PRINCE CHARLES led the country in remembering the fallen as he laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II for the third time.
The Prince of Wales was once again asked by the Queen to carry out the key duty on her behalf for Remembrance Sunday, as the monarch slowly delegates royal responsibilities to her heir apparent. The Queen, as she had done already in 2017 and 2018, looked on from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building.
Prince Charles led his sons Prince William and Harry towards the Cenotaph, while their wives attended the solemn ceremony from above.
The Prince of Wales then joined the country in its respectful silence for the fallen when the Big Ben chimed at 11am.
The firing of the guns by the King’s Troop marked the end of the two minute’s silence before the Last Post was played.
Following the two-minute silence, Prince Charles walked towards the Cenotaph to lay a wreath of poppies at its feet.
The Prince of Wales, looking sombre in his uniform, then performed a military salute and gave way to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Equerry, who laid a wreath on behalf of Prince Philip.
The Duke retired from public duties on August 2 2018 and has since rarely been attended public events.
Prince William and Prince Harry, respectively second and sixth in line to the throne, put aside any hint of a rift and laid their wreaths together.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, looked on – from different balconies.
Prince William’s wife stood by the Queen and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in a black coat dress and matching lace fascinator.
Meghan was in the company of Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne’s husband.
While some royal fans may have been left baffled by the decision of separating Meghan from Kate, Camilla and the monarch, the different positions the two Duchesses occupied have been dictated by their seniority and space available on the balconies.
The managing editor of Majesty Magazine, Joe Little, explained there was “no slight intended” behind Meghan and Kate’s separation.
He said: “She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order.
“There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out [first]with his wife.”
Charles, Harry and William were not the only royals laying wreaths on the Cenotaph.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Edward, the Earl of Wessex, Anne, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Kent all also followed the Prince of Wales’ example and paid their respect at the base of the memorial.
The solemn ceremony was also attended by veterans and politicians – including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Corbyn was criticised by some Twitter users for the way he bowed after laying a wreath.
Footage broadcast live on TV shows Mr Corbyn slightly tilting his head downwards for a few seconds before turning and walking away – in stark contrast with the bows performed by other politicians.
One Twitter user said it looked like Mr Corbyn “could hardly bring himself to bow” while another accused him of “twitching” his head.
Another said: “All the politicians bow their heads with respect while laying the wreaths. Corbyn…stares blankly. Such disrespect.”
This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Kohima in India, the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands and the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy.