Queen Camilla? Duchess granted HUGE honour

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Queen Camilla? Duchess granted HUGE honour as she joins the Queen and Kate for Remembrance.

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THE QUEEN was joined by the Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War one at the Cenotaph. The senior royals watched on from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office balcony as the Prince of Wales led the ceremony on the Queen’s behalf for the second successive year.

The event marks 100 years since the signing of the treaty which ended the battle on the Western Front of the great war on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Between July 28, 1914 and November 11, 1918 over 800,000 UK troops lost their lives with an estimated 20 million soldiers and civilians killed around the world.

Camilla was given the honour to be beside the monarch as her husband Prince Charles took on additional royal duties.

Leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May Image GETTY
Leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May Image GETTY

Royal author Penny Junor Writing in The Duchess: The Untold Story said: “I have little doubt that Charles is so proud of Camilla, and so grateful for everything she has done for him and sacrificed for him, that he will insist she gets the full title.”

When Charles and Camilla’s engagement was announced in February 2005, a royal statement said: “It is intended that Mrs Parker Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.”

Camila and Kate Middleton joined the Queen who is head of the armed forces on the balcony in the absence of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Charles laying a wreath Image SKY NEWS
Prince Charles laying a wreath Image SKY NEWS

Prince Philip, 97, retired from royal duties in May 2017 and was not expected to attend.

Prime Minister Theresa May was the first politician to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph along with leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn.

The Duchess of Cornwall Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony Image REUTERS
The Duchess of Cornwall Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony Image REUTERS

They were joined by Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow who all laid a wreath at the foot of the Whitehall memorial.

In addition the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent all laid tributes to Britain’s veterans.

The Earl of Wessex the Duke of York the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge Image PA
The Earl of Wessex the Duke of York the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge Image PA

For the first time President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, laid a wreath on behalf of the German people.

David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Sir John Major and Tony Blair were among former Prime Ministers who were in attendance.

Why was Meghan Markle on a different balcony to Kate Middleton and the Queen Photo C GETTY
Why was Meghan Markle on a different balcony to Kate Middleton and the Queen Photo C GETTY

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.”

Meghan Markle stood on a different balcony to the rest of the royal family Photo C GETTY
Meghan Markle stood on a different balcony to the rest of the royal family Photo C GETTY

The ceremony will be followed by the annual Royal British Legion’s Veterans Parade.

In the afternoon, 10,000 members of the public – chosen by ballot – will process past the Cenotaph for “A Nation’s Thank You – The People’s Procession”.

The day will conclude with a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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