Meghan and Harry attend Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph. It marks Meghan’s first Remembrance Sunday since marrying into the Royal Family in May.
During Remembrance week, The royal family also attended another Remembrance Day event Saturday night. The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, William and Kate, Harry and Meghan, and several other senior members of the Royal Family attended the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall which featured performances from Tom Jones and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
For Meghan’s first Remembrance Sunday she was joined by Elke Budenbender on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office balcony. She is the wife of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the President of Germany. This marks the first time a representative of Germany has attended Remembrance Sunday.
“It is the first time since the Cenotaph was inaugurated in 1920 that a representative of the country has taken part in the UK’s national service of remembrance.
President Steinmeier’s presence was a symbol of the friendship that exists between the two countries today, a representative of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said.”
Today’s event marks 100 years since the signing of the treaty. Most importantly: it ended the battle on the Western Front of the First World War at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
Prince Philip was absent – one of the few times he has missed the occasion. The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge. joined the Queen on the balcony.
Prince William, Harry, Andrew, Princess Royal & the Duke of Kent all laid tributes to Britain’s veterans. Prince Charles laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of his mother for the second year in a row. An equerry laid a wreath on behalf of Prince Phillip.
Harry wore his Royal Marines uniform.
A picture of the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, laying a wreath on behalf of the people of Germany.
A picture of Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn laying wreaths at the foot of the Whitehall memorial.
World War I came to an end on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. That’s why two minutes of silence are held every year at that time: to honor all of those who lost their lives in battle.
The Argus Reported:
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “To be at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday is a privilege and provides us with the opportunity for reflection along with millions of people in countries that continue to be strong allies.
“The First World War touched communities across the globe, and I commend all those who have helped us remember the First World War generation. We will never forget them or the sacrifice of thousands of British and Commonwealth troops who have given their lives in other conflicts.”
Among the thousands paying their respects was Lieutenant Commander Sarah Bligh of the Royal Navy. She said it was her grandmother’s stories of the war that inspired her to join the forces.
“The thought of it being 100 years is really poignant. I’ve got a photograph of my great grandfather taken 100 years ago to celebrate them all coming back from the war.”
“It’s incredible to be here 100 years on.”
For her first Remembrance Sunday Meghan wore
For her first Remembrance Sunday Meghan chose a custom-made black Givenchy coat. The cap-sleeved style is based on a Givenchy Haute Couture coat. The coat is designed by her wedding dress designer Clare Waight Keller.
The hat is not identified. It is believed to be bespoke by Stephen Jones.
Meghan wore a poppy.
We will see Meghan and Harry and other royals for a service to mark the Centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey later today.
Stay tuned XX