Touching moment Prince Harry and Prince William lay Cenotaph wreath on Remembrance Day

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Touching moment Prince Harry and Prince William lay Cenotaph wreath on Remembrance Day

Prince Harry and Prince William have paid their tribute to the World War 1 dead as they laid their poppy wreaths at the feet of The Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

Prince Harry and Prince William followed their father Charles, the Prince of Wales, in paying their touching tribute to the World War 1 dead at The Cenotaph, Whitehall. The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge were accompanied by the Duke of York and the Earl of York in laying their wreaths as Queen Elizabeth II watched from a Whitehall balcony. The event marks 100 years since the signing of the treaty which 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 Charles laid the first wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of his mother for the second year in a row while an equerry laid a wreath on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen is watching the Whitehall service from the balcony of the nearby Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

For the first time, a German leader laid a wreath at the Cenotaph, with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier performing the duty on behalf of his nation in a historic act of reconciliation between the two countries.

Prince Harry and Prince William lay their wreaths at the Cenotaph Image SKY
Prince Harry and Prince William lay their wreaths at the Cenotaph Image SKY

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and other members of the Royal Family joined the Queen on the balcony.

Big Ben, which has been silent since renovations to the Elizabeth Tower began in August last year, will strike 11 o’clock to mark the hour the Armistice was signed.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are also attending the emotional ceremony.

Wearing poppies and carrying wreaths, hundreds gathered from 9am to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent.

Big screens have been erected so those waiting can view the Cenotaph service.

The march will proceed around St James’s Park before turning into Whitehall, where 10,000 people are expected to stream past the Cenotaph.

Josh Marr, 18, is one of 100 National Citizen Service volunteers who will be marching.

The Plymouth University student said the group are representing “the young people of today, the young people of the future and the young people of 100 years ago”.

His great-grandfather fought in Ypres in France.

He said: “My dad was saying he never spoke about the war, he wouldn’t want to at all because it was obviously something that really affected him.

“It’s something I have always found really interesting, how can something affect you so badly that you would never want to talk about it?

“It’s an experience that we as young people and general citizens now do not come close to feeling.”