Britain falls silent on Remembrance Day honouring those who lost their lives – PICTURES

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Across the UK, Britons took part in a two-minute silence on Remembrance Day to honour members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. The nation fell silent at 11 am on November 11 across the country, as civilians honoured those who lost their lives in conflict.

Remembrance Day is also known as “Armistice Day”, referring to the day an armistice agreement was agreed to end World War One.

The 1918 agreement was made to mark the end of the four-year conflict.

Germany and the Allies made the agreement “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”.

This year marks 102 years since the first two-minute silence was observed on Armistice Day, November 11 1919.

The two-minute silence was observed across the country, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was among those attending an event to mark the occasion.

The Duchess of Cornwall was in attendance at the 93rd Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, as the patron of the Poppy Factory, which makes 120,000 royal and regimental wreaths a year.

The event has been held on the grounds of the Abbey since November 1928.

The Field of Remembrance participated in the two-minute silence at 11 am, with Camilla and hundreds of veterans from past conflicts standing motionless as the chimes of Big Ben rang out.

A service of remembrance also took place in Staffordshire, at the National Memorial Arboretum on top of the Armed Forces Memorial.

In addition to the laying of wreaths, the service also featured readings and musical performances. 

While in Portsmouth, crosses of remembrance were planted at the WWI memorial in Guildhall Square in Portsmouth.

A salute was given by one veteran in attendance during the two-minute silence undertaken by those gathering to honour the lost lives.

In London, everyone observed two minutes of silence as London traffic rolled past.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was pictured observing a two-minute silence at the war memorial at Euston Station in London, after laying a wreath. 


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