At the Cenotaph in London's Whitehall, November 8: the annual Remembrance Service, symbolising the British Commonwealth's tribute to the dead of two world wars.
Duke of Geoucester and Cabinet Ministers
Royalty on balcony
Duke of Edinburgh, forward with wreath, retires and salutes
Macmillan lays wreath
Minister from Ghana lays wreath
LV. Puts hands together and bows
BACK V. Duke of Edinburgh walks away to LV. Cenotaph
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Background: At the Cenotaph in London's Whitehall, November 8: the annual Remembrance Service, symbolising the British Commonwealth's tribute to the dead of two world wars.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Gloucester and Cabinet ministers were there for the service - held near 'Big Ben' and the Houses of Parliament - and watching from a nearby balcony were ladies of the Royal family, including Princes Margaret - Duchess of Gloucester - Duchess of Kent and the Princess Royal.
At 11 o'clock - a dramatic moment, as guns boomed out to mark the beginning of two minutes of silent remembrance. Then the Duke of Edinburgh laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen and himself - it was the first time since coming to the throne that the Queen was not present for the service. She's expecting another child in the Spring. Other wreaths were laid by Prime Minister Macmillan and by representatives of the Commonwealth - including the newly independent African state, Ghana.
To end the ceremony, crowds joined in the singing of the traditional hymns. Finally there was a march-past of servicemen and ex-servicemen as military bands played well-known tunes of the two wars.