2017 National Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall

Today, on the 12th of November, His Royal Highness Prince Charles led the observation of the National Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall today. 8,000 veterans took part in the traditional March Past. The nationally observed two-minute silence, and the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph, commemorates those Servicemen and women killed in all conflicts since the First World War.

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This year, for the very first time, HM The Queen viewed the ceremony from a balcony of the nearby Foreign & Commonwealth Office, alongside The Duke of Edinburgh. HM & Prince Philip were accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall. HM’s wreath was laid on her behalf by The Prince of Wales. According to the Express article, ‘aides said the Queen has decided not to take part in the ceremony principally because Prince Philip, after retiring from official duties in the summer, had wanted to watch from the Foreign Office and she preferred to join him there’.

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An equerry laid wreath on behalf of Prince Philip, before Prince Charles returned to lay his own floral tribute of red poppies. The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Alexandra were also present at today’s event, however they were at another balcony. Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence stood with the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester on a neighbouring balcony.

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Troops were provided by the Royal Navy, the Household Cavalry, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, 3 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, the Adjutant General’s Corps, 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment and the Royal Air Force.

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The massed bands of the Household Division included the Band of the Grenadier Guards, Band of the Coldstream Guards, Band of the Scots Guards and the Band of the Irish Guards. The Pipes and Drums were provided by Highlanders 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Exactly as Big Ben struck 11 O’Clock, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired their First World War era guns on Horse Guards Parade, marking the start of a two minutes’ Silence, and then fired a second to mark its end. The Buglers of the Royal Marines then sounded the “Last Post”.

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After wreaths were laid by members of The Royal Family, the Prime Minister Theresa May, and by representatives of other political parties, including the Foreign Secretary and the Commonwealth High Commissioners. When all the wreaths had been laid the Bishop of London led a service of commemoration and remembrance. After the Service, Trumpeters of the Royal Air Force sounded “Rouse” (Reveille).

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After the ceremony thousands of ex-Service and Civilian Associations marched past the Cenotaph down Whitehall and past the Guards Memorial on Horse Guards where HRH The Earl of Wessex took the Salute. He was joined by his Equerry Captain Hugh Vere Nicoll, Air Marshal David Walker CB CBE AFC MA RAF (Retired), the National President of the Royal British Legion, and the Secretary of State of Defence The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP.

Outfit & jewellery:
New, OSCAR DE LA RENTA Balloon-sleeve tweed mini dress.
New hat by Jane Taylor.
SOFIA PEAR DROP EARRINGS IN GREEN AMETHYST MIX (top in lemon quartz) by Pomegranate London. However I am not certain of this ID. 
Lulu Guiness Poppy clutch, sold out. 
Poppy Collection Enamel and Leaf Brooch in Gold by Buckley London in support of The Royal British Legion.
Rifles Brooch, The Countess is Royal Colonel of the 5th Battalion.
Skagen Ladies’ Nicoline Refined Watch. 

3 thoughts on “2017 National Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall

  1. Anonymous

    Wasn't Sophie cold? Everyone else is bundled up and she is wearing only a dress! I agree with you about coverage of last night's event, one would think Duchess of Cambridge was only royal there. Anna, do you have any idea what Sophie does in the weeks she has no engagements – I am sure she does not just sit at home and chill!


  2. Anonymous

    Wonder if Sophie is wearing her 'go to' Emilia Wickstead ? It has that look. Everyone looks very appropriate, and the men look very smart in their uniforms.


  3. Anonymous

    I don't care what they wear, it is being at this solemn event that counts the most. For all who serve, have served and for all who have lost loved ones, the ultimate sacrifice, the presence of the Royal Family is an honor they deserve.


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