The traditional mourning ceremony, which has been almost a century old, has been remembered in London on the British military bans in London during the conflicts of World War I and the decades ahead. This was attended this year II. Queen Elisabeth, but for the first time she did not coronate her personally.
Remembrance Sunday, the Sunday of remembrance, is always on the anniversary of the ceasefire that ends in the warfare of the First World War, the Sunday closest to November 11th.
Since 1919, this year’s central commemoration site has been a monument to the War of the Dead, a monument in the middle of the London government quarter, Cenotaph.
Following the Parliament’s famous clock tower, Big Ben’s 11-hour bells, the crowded crowd was greeted with a two-minute mute glimpse of the memory of the dead.
The Big Ben started in August and is not expected to be upgraded for four years on weekdays, but his chimes have been turned on Sunday commemoration.
The beginning and the end of the two-minute silence were signaled by the firing of a British WWII gun. Then the Queen’s wreath was placed by the ruler’s firstborn son Charles the Crown Prince.
The Buckingham Palace – the royal family’s first London residency and office – announced last month that the 91-year-old II. Queen Elizabeth will watch the commemoration on the balcony of the Foreign Ministry this year, her husband, the 96-year-old Prince Philip of Edinburgh. According to the palace, she wanted to stay at the memorial day next to her dominant husband.
In the past decades, with the Queen, the commemoration of November commemorated Prince Philip, who was admiral of the royal navy, and the II. World War II.
The yard, however, announced in spring that Philip withdrew from the fall of his active public show. By the end of August, Prince Edwin had fulfilled all of his public disclosure requirements in his pre-agreed program, but he did not accept invitations for such events, although the court did not rule out that some public events could appear later in Philip.
So it was Sunday: her sovereign husband was present at the commemoration, but he was no longer wounded, but attended the commemoration with the queen in the courtyard of the Foreign Ministry.
After Sunday’s ceremony, more than ten thousand veterans of the British armed forces took part in Whitehall, the center of the London government quarter, all stylized ticks in their dress.
The poppy worn by almost everybody was the main symbol of the tribute to the memory of the dead in Britain, a poem by a Canadian military doctor, John McCrae, who became extremely popular in 1915, saying that in the Flemish fields plundered by war, first blossom in the tombs of fallen soldiers.
In the First World War, the British Empire mobilized almost 9 million soldiers; of which 908 thousand died, more than two million wounded.
However, the traditional November commemoration has long been for the British victims of the First World War; the British now pay tribute to the soldiers in battle at the time and since they died. The II. In World War Two, more than 400,000 British and colonial soldiers were killed, and since 1945 16,000 British soldiers died during service.
Source: MTI / Image: origo.hu /