Local dignitairies and representatives of the Overseas Territories joined thousands around the world on Sunday (November 10), to lay wreaths “for the first time at the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.
Thousands joined cabinet ministers, religious leaders and representatives of Commonwealth nations, as well as hundreds of armed forces personnel in the UK this morning, to pay their respects.
Crowds began gathering at the memorial at 8am, many people who turn up year after year.
“Prince Charles laid the first wreath at the Cenotaph memorial in central London on behalf of the Queen, who watched from a nearby balcony along with Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.”
The Mirror reports: “A uniformed Prince of Wales was the first to place a wreath of poppies at the foot of the memorial on behalf of the Queen.
“The Queen watched from a nearby balcony and appeared to be wiping away a tear during the poignant service.”
In Bermuda, a spokesperson said: “This year representatives the inhabited Overseas Territories and of the three Crown Dependencies laid their own wreaths in remembrance of their many contributions in both World Wars and other conflicts.
“The Bermuda wreath was laid by Kimberley Durrant, Director of the Government of Bermuda’s London Office.
“The Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have previously been represented by the wreaths laid by Her Majesty The Queen and the Foreign Secretary.
“The change comes at an especially poignant time as this year marks the 100th Anniversary of Remembrance Sunday and has also seen the addition of other new wreaths, including from Nepal to honour the Gurkhas, and by the Foreign Secretary and the Home Secretary who laid wreaths on behalf of the Intelligence Agencies.”
Governor John Rankin said: “Bermudians fought with Allied Forces in both World Wars and we rightly honour their contribution each year on Remembrance Day in Bermuda.
“I’m delighted that a representative of Bermuda has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in London in memory of those who helped to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.”
Premier David Burt said: “The recognition of the brave service of Bermudian men and women in the World Wars is a much welcomed addition to the London Service of Remembrance.”
“The Overseas Territories represented were Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“The Queen was seen wearing five poppies above a diamond brooch.
“There are many theories as to why she wears so many, the most commonly accepted being that each is to represent a different branch of the services.
“She has one for the Navy, Army, Air Force, Civil Defence and the final poppy is to represent women,” the report said.
“Meanwhile Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Prince William were side by side as the ceremony was underway.
“Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn stood side by side during the commemorative proceedings,” the report added.
“The pair were joined in laying wreaths by Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, the DUP’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds and newly elected Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle.