Queen leads nation in mourning war dead


The Queen led the nation in honouring members of the armed forces killed in conflict as Remembrance Sunday services took place around the country.

She was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, other senior royals and members of the leading political parties at the Cenotaph in central London.

Also present was King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands  who laid a wreath following an invitation from the Queen to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands after the end of the Second World War.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and the Duke of York also laid wreaths, as the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the Countess of Wessex, and the Princess Royal's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, looked on from the Foreign Office balcony.

Prime Minister David Cameron was the first politician to lay a wreath, followed by Jeremy Corbyn who was wearing a poppy, and participated in the singing of the national anthem.

Mr Corbyn had previously attracted wide criticism for not singing the anthem at the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary commemorations.

Other members of the royal family, politicians, and high commissioners also laid their tributes as crowds lined Whitehall for the service, at the heart which was a two-minute silence marked at the beginning and end by the firing of an artillery gun.