People’s Procession sees 10,000 march through London in a ‘nation’s thank you’

War veterans, descendants and grateful members of the public have marched through the streets of London as part of a ‘nation’s thank you’ to those who fought in the Great War.

More than 10,000 people from across the country joined together on the Mall and made their way around St James’ Park for Remembrance Sunday. 

Among the oldest taking part in the march is private Donald Smith, 98, who joined current members of the Queen’s Own Highlanders, and Jeff Watkins, 97, who travelled from California in the United States to participate.

At the same time as the march, people were encouraged to ring bells around the world, to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of relief that took place in 1918.

As news of peace spread on Armistice Day, church bells, which had fallen silent across the UK during the First World War, rang out in celebration.

War veterans, descendants and grateful members of the public have marched through the streets of London as part of a 'nation's thank you' to those who fought in the Great War

War veterans, descendants and grateful members of the public have marched through the streets of London as part of a 'nation's thank you' to those who fought in the Great War

War veterans, descendants and grateful members of the public have marched through the streets of London as part of a ‘nation’s thank you’ to those who fought in the Great War

More than 10,000 people from across the country joined together on the Mall and made their way around St James' Park for Remembrance Sunday

More than 10,000 people from across the country joined together on the Mall and made their way around St James' Park for Remembrance Sunday

More than 10,000 people from across the country joined together on the Mall and made their way around St James’ Park for Remembrance Sunday

Among the oldest taking part in the march is private Donald Smith, 98, who joined current members of the Queen's Own Highlanders, and Jeff Watkins, 97, who travelled from California in the United States to participate

Among the oldest taking part in the march is private Donald Smith, 98, who joined current members of the Queen's Own Highlanders, and Jeff Watkins, 97, who travelled from California in the United States to participate

Among the oldest taking part in the march is private Donald Smith, 98, who joined current members of the Queen’s Own Highlanders, and Jeff Watkins, 97, who travelled from California in the United States to participate

Marion Lewis and her sister Dorothy Heslop are marching for their grandfather, Private John Waters of the 23rd Battalion Middlesex Regiment.

He received a serious head wound at the Somme in October 1916 which left him missing part of his skull.

Eighteen people were killed, 11 were missing and 29 wounded from his battalion in the same action.

As girls, it was an unspoken rule not to ask grandad about the war, they said.

Ms Heslop said: ‘They did not expect him to survive so they left him outside the medical tent and we think it’s the cold that probably saved him.’

Earlier this morning, the Prince of Wales led the rest of the nation in honouring the country’s war dead, taking the role historically held by his mother Queen Elizabeth for the second year in a row.

At the same time as the march, people were encouraged to ring bells around the world, to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of relief that took place in 1918

At the same time as the march, people were encouraged to ring bells around the world, to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of relief that took place in 1918

At the same time as the march, people were encouraged to ring bells around the world, to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of relief that took place in 1918

The Queen, 92, asked Prince Charles to once again take on her duties as she observed the service from a nearby balcony alongside the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Other senior royals including Prince William, Prince Harry and Anne, the Princess Royal also paid their respects at the Cenotaph as they laid a series of wreathes.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex watched the poignant proceedings at the Cenotaph for the first time in an official capacity from a separate balcony – although Prince Philip was absent for the first time in nearly 20 years.

In a historic act of reconciliation, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also laid a wreath, marking the first time that a German leader has taken part in the annual proceedings since the Cenotaph was inaugurated in 1920. 

President Steinmeier’s presence was a symbol of the friendship that exists between the two countries today, a representative of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said.

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge were among those to join the queen on the balcony for the ceremony

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge were among those to join the queen on the balcony for the ceremony

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge were among those to join the queen on the balcony for the ceremony

The Duchess of Cambridge stood alongside the Queen to watch the ceremony at the Cenotaph, as her husband placed a wreath

The Duchess of Cambridge stood alongside the Queen to watch the ceremony at the Cenotaph, as her husband placed a wreath

The Duchess of Sussex

The Duchess of Sussex

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and the Duchess of Sussex (right) stood alongside the Queen to watch the ceremony at the Cenotaph, as their husbands placed wreaths 

The Prince of Wales led the rest of the nation in honouring the country's war dead on Remembrance Sunday, taking the role historically held by his mother Queen Elizabeth for the second year in a row

The Prince of Wales led the rest of the nation in honouring the country's war dead on Remembrance Sunday, taking the role historically held by his mother Queen Elizabeth for the second year in a row

The Prince of Wales led the rest of the nation in honouring the country’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday, taking the role historically held by his mother Queen Elizabeth for the second year in a row

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.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has joined French President Emmanuel Macron,and Russian President Vladimir Putin at an Armistice Day ceremony in Paris.

The world leaders were pictured standing side by side in the rain at the Arc de Triomphe to pay tribute to those who died in the First World War, 100 years to the day since the guns fell silent.

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Back in London, Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also laid wreaths at the foot of the Whitehall memorial, along with Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.

The traditional two minutes’ silence was held at 11am and was marked by the chiming of Big Ben – despite the ongoing renovations to the clock tower.

The 13.7 tonne bell has been silent since August 2017 since works began, except for ringing in New Year 2018.

It has been fitted with a custom-built electronic mechanism built to power the 200kg striking hammer to ensure it can still sound for important national events while the clockwork undergoes vital repairs.

The end of the silence was marked by cannon fire and The Last Post sounded by the Buglers of the Royal Marines before the wreaths were laid.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: ‘On the centenary of the Armistice, we will come together as a nation to stand in silence and honour the fallen of all conflicts.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph

The Prince of Wales has led the Royal Family's tributes to the nation's war dead on the centenary of the Armistice, as the Queen looked on from a nearby balcony

The Prince of Wales has led the Royal Family's tributes to the nation's war dead on the centenary of the Armistice, as the Queen looked on from a nearby balcony

The Prince of Wales has led the Royal Family’s tributes to the nation’s war dead on the centenary of the Armistice, as the Queen looked on from a nearby balcony

Princess Anne, the only daughter of the Queen, salutes military veterans as they march past on Horse Guards Parade during a National Service of Remembrance

Princess Anne, the only daughter of the Queen, salutes military veterans as they march past on Horse Guards Parade during a National Service of Remembrance

Princess Anne, the only daughter of the Queen, salutes military veterans as they march past on Horse Guards Parade during a National Service of Remembrance

Remember them: Poignant events held throughout Britain to mark the centenary of Armistice Day

Poignant events have taken place across the width and breadth of the UK as Britons pay their respects to those who gave their lives during the First World War. 

Acts of Remembrance have taken place across Northern Ireland on the centenary of Armistice Day.

Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster and Irish Government minister Heather Humphreys laid wreaths at the cenotaph in Enniskillen.

Hundreds gathered in the narrow streets to watch a musical procession including a brass band and bagpipes before representatives of the four main churches in the town led a service.

Remembrance Sunday in the Co Fermanagh town has an added poignancy after a Provisional IRA bomb devastated the event in 1987.

Soldiers from the Royal Artillery man their 105mm light guns at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, as they fire 100 rounds before falling silent as the clock strikes 11am

Soldiers from the Royal Artillery man their 105mm light guns at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, as they fire 100 rounds before falling silent as the clock strikes 11am

Soldiers from the Royal Artillery man their 105mm light guns at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, as they fire 100 rounds before falling silent as the clock strikes 11am

A military pipe band marches on the Royal Mile for a ceremony at the City Chambers, Edinburgh, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice

A military pipe band marches on the Royal Mile for a ceremony at the City Chambers, Edinburgh, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice

A military pipe band marches on the Royal Mile for a ceremony at the City Chambers, Edinburgh, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice

Soldiers from the Royal Artillery march in formation past the historic site of Stonehenge on a sunny morning in Wiltshire today

Soldiers from the Royal Artillery march in formation past the historic site of Stonehenge on a sunny morning in Wiltshire today

Soldiers from the Royal Artillery march in formation past the historic site of Stonehenge on a sunny morning in Wiltshire today

A piper at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. Poignant events have taken place across the width and breadth of the UK as Britons pay their respects to those who gave their lives during the First World War

A piper at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. Poignant events have taken place across the width and breadth of the UK as Britons pay their respects to those who gave their lives during the First World War

A piper at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. Poignant events have taken place across the width and breadth of the UK as Britons pay their respects to those who gave their lives during the First World War

Piper Louise Marshall, wearing a special commemorative red tartan, plays Battle's O'er, the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle, at dawn alongside the Forth Bridge at North Queensferry

Piper Louise Marshall, wearing a special commemorative red tartan, plays Battle's O'er, the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle, at dawn alongside the Forth Bridge at North Queensferry

Piper Louise Marshall, wearing a special commemorative red tartan, plays Battle’s O’er, the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle, at dawn alongside the Forth Bridge at North Queensferry

People attend a remembrance service in Fort William in Scotland, where thousands of people in communities the length and breadth of the country observed a two-minute silence at 11am

People attend a remembrance service in Fort William in Scotland, where thousands of people in communities the length and breadth of the country observed a two-minute silence at 11am

People attend a remembrance service in Fort William in Scotland, where thousands of people in communities the length and breadth of the country observed a two-minute silence at 11am

People in Scotland have also fallen silent in an act of remembrance to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Thousands of people in communities the length and breadth of the country observed a two-minute silence at 11am in recognition of the centenary of the Armistice and those who have served and lost their lives in conflict.

Many did so as they attended ceremonies, parades and services, others pausing for reflection in locations such as railway stations – echoing acts of remembrance taking place across the UK on this day of commemmorations globally.

Following the period of quiet observation, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon laid a wreath at a ceremony at the Stone of Remembrance outside the city chambers in Edinburgh.

The Irish President-elect attended the Armistice Day centenary commemorations at Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday.

Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina, along with government representative Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan paid tribute to the memory of the Irish men and women who died in the First World War.

Over 47 countries were represented at the service, and officials laid wreaths at the Irish military plot, before The Last Post was played and the Irish flag returned to full mast.

A brass band during a parade through Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, as part of the country's Armistice events

A brass band during a parade through Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, as part of the country's Armistice events

A brass band during a parade through Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, as part of the country’s Armistice events

The commemorative event at Blackpool, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War

The commemorative event at Blackpool, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War

The commemorative event at Blackpool, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War

The 4th Regiment Royal Artillery at a special Remembrance Sunday service held at Sunderland's war memorial where members of the armed forces and veterans paid their respects to mark the Armistice centenary

The 4th Regiment Royal Artillery at a special Remembrance Sunday service held at Sunderland's war memorial where members of the armed forces and veterans paid their respects to mark the Armistice centenary

The 4th Regiment Royal Artillery at a special Remembrance Sunday service held at Sunderland’s war memorial where members of the armed forces and veterans paid their respects to mark the Armistice centenary

People attend a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War

People attend a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War

People attend a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War

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