Remembrance Sunday: Nation falls silent to honour war dead

The UK has fallen silent on Remembrance Sunday as the King leads the nation in honouring servicemen and women who died in past conflicts.

A national two-minute silence was held at 11:00 GMT, with similar ceremonies at war memorials across the country.

For the first time the King laid a wreath at London’s Cenotaph as monarch, following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

The silence was tolled by Big Ben marking its official return to use.

King Charles’ ring of poppies incorporated a ribbon of racing colours in a tribute to the ones used by the late Queen and his grandfather, King George VI.

During his time as Prince of Wales, King Charles represented the late Queen at the last five Cenotaph services and laid a wreath on her behalf, as she watched from the Foreign Office balcony that overlooks Whitehall.

The beginning of the silence was marked by Big Ben striking 11 times at 11:00.

The bell has been largely silent for five years after it was dismantled and repaired in…

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