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Across the UK, Britons took part in a two-minute silence on Remembrance Day to honour members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. The nation fell silent at 11 am on November 11 across the country, as civilians honoured those who lost their lives in conflict.

Remembrance Day is also known as “Armistice Day”, referring to the day an armistice agreement was agreed to end World War One.

The 1918 agreement was made to mark the end of the four-year conflict.

Germany and the Allies made the agreement “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”.

This year marks 102 years since the first two-minute silence was observed on Armistice Day, November 11 1919.

The two-minute silence was observed across the country, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was among those attending an event to mark the occasion.

The Duchess of Cornwall joined veterans at the 93rd Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, as the patron of the Poppy Factory, which makes 120,000 royal and regimental wreaths a year.

The event has been held on the grounds of the Abbey since November 1928.

The Field of Remembrance participated in the two-minute silence at 11 am, with Camilla and hundreds of veterans from past conflicts standing motionless as the chimes of Big Ben rang out.

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A service of remembrance also took place in Staffordshire, at the National Memorial Arboretum on top of the Armed Forces Memorial.

In addition to the laying of wreaths, the service also featured readings and musical performances. 

While in Portsmouth, crosses of remembrance were planted at the WWI memorial in Guildhall Square. 

A salute was given by one veteran in attendance during the two-minute silence undertaken by those gathering to honour the lost lives.

In London, everyone observed two minutes of silence as London traffic rolled past.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was pictured observing the pause at the war memorial at Euston Station in London, after laying a wreath. 

While the occasion was marked at Edinburgh Castle with a single-gun salute at 11am and again at 11.02am.

In the Scottish capital, members of the armed forces community joined local government officials to lay wreaths at the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance in Princes Street Gardens.

The open-air service was led by The Royal British Legion Scotland’s National Padre, Rev Dr Karen Campbell, and it featured the reading of Binyon’s Lines and the Kohima Epitaph.

The ceremony marks the centenary of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

The two-minute silence was also observed at the Scottish Parliament and by COP26 President Alok Sharma at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow.

On Thursday morning, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and others all stood in silence at the UK pavilion at COP26 – the climate change summit. 

The silence was also observed during a Scottish Parliament session today, where Holyrood’s Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone led proceedings alongside opposition leaders and Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Before the 11am silence, Ms Johnstone read a short extract from Laurence Binyon’s Ode of Remembrance before The Last Post was played by a bugler.

Ms Johnstone then stood on the steps of parliament’s garden lobby, to recite the Kohima Epitaph before the flowers of the forest folk song was played on the bagpipes.

The marking of the occasion is especially poignant this year as Armistice Day was disrupted in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Last year many remembered the nation’s war dead from their homes as Britons were encouraged to stay there to stop the spread of the virus. 


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