Britain falls silent to remember the war dead

Workers around the country fell silent at 11am today to remember those who have died defending the country.

A two minutes’ silence was held at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, 101 years after the First World War came to an end.

In city centres around the country, military veterans and members of the community stood in silence to remember those had given their lives in that war and all of Britain’s conflict since.

The traditional silence dates back to November 11 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe to remember those who had died in what was then known as The Great War.

A large model of a poppy on display at King's Cross station in London, as people observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

A large model of a poppy on display at King's Cross station in London, as people observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

A large model of a poppy on display at King’s Cross station in London, as people observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Defence Minister Johnny Mercer (centre), a former British Army officer, during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Defence Minister Johnny Mercer (centre), a former British Army officer, during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Defence Minister Johnny Mercer (centre), a former British Army officer, during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day

The shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry (centre left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (second right), observe a silence at Islington Town Hall

The shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry (centre left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (second right), observe a silence at Islington Town Hall

The shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry (centre left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (second right), observe a silence at Islington Town Hall

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage attending Hartlepool War Memorial commemoration on the anniversary of Armistice Day

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage attending Hartlepool War Memorial commemoration on the anniversary of Armistice Day

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage attending Hartlepool War Memorial commemoration on the anniversary of Armistice Day

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was with defence minister Johnny Mercer, who is himself a former British Army officer, for a service at the cenotaph in St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was with shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at Islington Town Hall.

This year, for the first time, the red poppy has been worn to remember victims of terrorism, as well as fallen soldiers.

The Royal British Legion’s website has been updated to explain that the red poppy relates ‘to the armed forces community specifically, but not exclusively, and acknowledges the wider impact of conflict’.

It also defines Remembrance Day as recognising ‘the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth’ and the ‘innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism’.

Mr Johnson speaks to a veteran during a service at the cenotaph shortly before the two minutes' silence was held

Mr Johnson speaks to a veteran during a service at the cenotaph shortly before the two minutes' silence was held

Mr Johnson speaks to a veteran during a service at the cenotaph shortly before the two minutes’ silence was held

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath during the service. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended a service at at Islington Town Hall

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath during the service. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended a service at at Islington Town Hall

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath during the service. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended a service at at Islington Town Hall

Boris Johnson bows his head after laying a wreath during the remembrance service in Wolverhampton today

Boris Johnson bows his head after laying a wreath during the remembrance service in Wolverhampton today

Boris Johnson bows his head after laying a wreath during the remembrance service in Wolverhampton today

The clock hands of Elizabeth Tower at eleven o'clock marking a two minute silence for Armistice Day, at the Palace of Westminster

The clock hands of Elizabeth Tower at eleven o'clock marking a two minute silence for Armistice Day, at the Palace of Westminster

The clock hands of Elizabeth Tower at eleven o’clock marking a two minute silence for Armistice Day, at the Palace of Westminster

A bus driver stops to observe a two minute silence for Armistice Day, as the clock hands of Elizabeth Tower stand at eleven o'clock, at the Palace of Westminster

A bus driver stops to observe a two minute silence for Armistice Day, as the clock hands of Elizabeth Tower stand at eleven o'clock, at the Palace of Westminster

A bus driver stops to observe a two minute silence for Armistice Day, as the clock hands of Elizabeth Tower stand at eleven o’clock, at the Palace of Westminster

Students fall silent as they pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol

Students fall silent as they pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol

Students fall silent as they pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol

Music teacher John Hare plays the last post as students and teachers gather to pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, in Bristol

Music teacher John Hare plays the last post as students and teachers gather to pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, in Bristol

Music teacher John Hare plays the last post as students and teachers gather to pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, in Bristol

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, talks with a woman after observing a silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War, outside Islington Town Hall

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, talks with a woman after observing a silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War, outside Islington Town Hall

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, talks with a woman after observing a silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War, outside Islington Town Hall

A statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde is covered in poppy petals, as shoppers in Liverpool City Centre observe a silence

A statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde is covered in poppy petals, as shoppers in Liverpool City Centre observe a silence

A statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde is covered in poppy petals, as shoppers in Liverpool City Centre observe a silence

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn stands with Islington's Mayor Rakhia Ismail, outside Islington Town Hall as they observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn stands with Islington's Mayor Rakhia Ismail, outside Islington Town Hall as they observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn stands with Islington’s Mayor Rakhia Ismail, outside Islington Town Hall as they observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

Yesterday, which was Remembrance Sunday, the royal family led solemn tributes to the nation’s war dead at a service at the Cenotaph in central London.

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, who appeared to wipe away a tear as she watched the ceremony from a nearby balcony.

Leaders from the main political parties took a break from the election campaign trail to join a crowd of thousands for the occasion on Whitehall in the heart of the capital. 

The Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Sussex, Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Kent all also laid wreaths at the base of the memorial.

The Queen, dressed in black, looked on from a balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, flanked by the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex viewed the event from a separate balcony with the Countess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stood side by side during the commemorative proceedings on Sunday.

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.

Five former prime ministers – Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May – as well as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, were also present to pay their respects. 

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