The Queen continues to delegates royal responsibilities to her son and heir Prince Charles, set to one day become the country’s King. Today, the Prince of Wales stepped out of Clarence House in the midst of England’s second lockdown to lead the country in the commemoration of those who have fallen in the line of duty.
For the fourth time since 2017, Prince Charles led Britons in a two-minute silence as 11am struck.
Wearing a red poppy on his lapel, the heir to the throne bowed his head as a sign of respect.
The firing of the guns marked the end of the respectful silence, followed by the Last Post.
The Prince of Wales then solemnly laid a wreath of red poppies at the Cenotaph while the monarch looked on from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building.
After fixing the wreath at the base of the monument, the future King stepped back and respectfully saluted.
This year’s commemoration falls on the 100th anniversary since the creation of the Cenotaph.
But the coronavirus pandemic has forced organisers to close the service to the public, asking Britons to celebrate the sacrifice of soldiers from the safety of their home.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Britons to spiritually come together despite the distance created by coronavirus.
He said: “We come together every November to commemorate the servicemen and women from Britain and the Commonwealth who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
“In this time of adversity, no virus can stop us from honouring their memory, particularly when we have just celebrated the 75th anniversary of victory in the Second World War.
“And in times of trial, our tributes matter even more.
“So let’s come together once again and remember those to whom we owe so much.”
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Published at Sun, 08 Nov 2020 11:03:00 +0000