The Prince of Wales has led the nation in honouring Britain’s battle useless on Remembrance Sunday, because the Queen noticed the service from a balcony.
The Queen requested Charles to put her wreath on the Cenotaph; it’s the first time the monarch has damaged with custom and never carried out the symbolic responsibility when on the Whitehall service.
A two-minute silence was held at 11am and wreaths had been laid on the foot of the Whitehall memorial by senior royals and political leaders together with the prime minister, Theresa May, and the Labour chief, Jeremy Corbyn.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh watched the service from a Foreign and Commonwealth Office balcony.
The Cenotaph ceremony is a poignant occasion within the lifetime of the nation, which usually includes the Queen main the nation in remembering those that have died in world wars and different conflicts, so Charles’s function in laying the wreath was a big second.
Buckingham Palace introduced the change final month, which is seen as a part of the delicate shift of head of state duties from the Queen to the inheritor to the throne.
Earlier this yr, Philip, 96, retired from his solo public duties, however every so often has joined the Queen at her official engagements.
Philip’s equerry laid his wreath, whereas Charles additionally laid his personal wreath. The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wesbad, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Kent additionally laid wreaths.
Other political figures laying wreaths included the international secretary, Boris Johnson, the Liberal Democrat chief, Vince Cable, and the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow.
Joining the Queen in observing the service from Foreign Office balconies had been the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wesbad, Princess Alexandra, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.
The firing of a gun marked the top of the silence, and the Last Post was sounded by the Buglers of the Royal Marines earlier than the wreaths had been laid.
Charles has laid a wreath earlier than on behalf of the Queen, in 1983 when she was in a foreign country, and when the Queen was in South Africa in 1999 she laid a wreath on the Cenotaph in Durban.
This yr marks the centenaries of ladies’s service within the common armed forces, the Battle of Pbadchendaele and the creation of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, in addition to the 100th birthday of forces’ sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn.
It additionally marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein and the creation of the RAF Regiment.