Crowds arrive at the Cenotaph to pay their respects to the war dead on Remembrance Sunday

The Queen has lead the UK in a two-minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday this morning, as huge crowds gathered in central London to pay their respects to the war dead.

The Queen was seen looking out at the parade from a balcony. She was accompanied by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

This is while Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, was watching the ceremony from a separate balcony with the Duchess of Wessex.

Crowds arrived at the Cenotaph in London earlier this morning to pay their respects to the war dead, and many lined the streets.

Prince Charles lay a wreath of poppies on behalf of the Queen, followed by his two sons, William and Harry.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn took a break from campaigning to attend the Whitehall memorial and followed the Royal Family in laying wreaths. 

Crowds gathered at the Cenotaph in London this morning. A two minute silence was held at 11am and many in the crowd were moved to tears

Crowds gathered at the Cenotaph in London this morning. A two minute silence was held at 11am and many in the crowd were moved to tears

Prince Charles lay a wreath this morning (pictured above) as the majority of the Royal Family were in attendance for the event

Prince Charles lay a wreath this morning (pictured above) as the majority of the Royal Family were in attendance for the event 

Prince Charles (pictured above) was the first Royal to lay a wreath this morning, his two sons William and Harry then also laid wreaths

Prince Charles (pictured above) was the first Royal to lay a wreath this morning, his two sons William and Harry then also laid wreaths

The Queen

The Queen

The Queen (pictured above, left and right) appeared to wipe tears from her face this morning following the national anthem 

The Queen (pictured above) led the silence this morning. She was watching the memorial from a balcony and was with Camilla (left), Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton (right), Duchess of Cambridge

The Queen (pictured above) led the silence this morning. She was watching the memorial from a balcony and was with Camilla (left), Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton (right), Duchess of Cambridge

Prince Harry and WIlliam

Meghan Markle (pictured above) watched the memorial from a separate balcony from that of the Queen and Kate Middleton

Meghan Markle (pictured right) watched her husband Harry (left with brother Williams) from a separate balcony from that of the Queen and Kate Middleton

On the left, Camilla, the Queen and Kate Middleton are pictured. Sophie Countess of Wessex, Meghan Markle and Tim Laurence are pictured right)

On the left, Camilla, the Queen and Kate Middleton are pictured. Sophie Countess of Wessex, Meghan Markle and Tim Laurence are pictured right)

The pair stood side by side while the national anthem was sung by all in attendance of the memorial. 

After the song had finished the Queen appeared to wipe tears from her face, following the moving tributes to those who fought for Queen and country, past and present. 

A military band played as the politicians, religious leaders and diplomats from the Commonwealth of former British colonies laid wreaths on the Portland stone monument inscribed with the words ‘the glorious dead.’ 

Other political leaders such as Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson and DUP Westminster leader Ian Blackford also laid wreaths.

After the wreaths were laid, a service was prayers and hymns started.  

From the early hours this morning, people had arrived in London to play their part in the parade. Police cordons were set up in order to make sure the event ran smoothly. 

Jeremy Corbyn (left) and Boris Johnson (right) laid wreaths this morning. Theresa May and David Cameron were also present

Jeremy Corbyn (left) and Boris Johnson (right) laid wreaths this morning. Theresa May and David Cameron were also present

Veterans are pictured above holding wreaths as their friends and family stand beside them in preparation for the service

Veterans are pictured above holding wreaths as their friends and family stand beside them in preparation for the service

Officers are pictured today during the parade in London as they listen to a brass band which were playing during the service

Officers are pictured today during the parade in London as they listen to a brass band which were playing during the service 

Cadets in Horse Guards Parade get into position (pictured above) ahead of the service. They were pictured in uniform this morning

Cadets in Horse Guards Parade get into position (pictured above) ahead of the service. They were pictured in uniform this morning

Servicemen attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial. They are pictured above in full uniform this morning

Servicemen attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial. They are pictured above in full uniform this morning 

Veterans were marching this morning as many stood behind barriers to watch the parades in London this morning

Veterans were marching this morning as many stood behind barriers to watch the parades in London this morning 

Jeremy Corbyn smartens up his act: Labour leader wears a navy overcoat to the Cenotaph after being slammed for the ‘scruffy’ anorak he sported at last year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations

By William Cole for MailOnline 

Jeremy Corbyn has smartened up for his appearance alongside other politicians and dignitaries at the Cenotaph to mark Remembrance Sunday.

The Labour leader has chosen to fit in with the crowd by wearing a dark black suit and overcoat and a red poppy.

His outfit stands in sharp contrast with last year where he was branded ‘scruffy and disrespectful’ for wearing a grey anorak to lay a wreath at the Armistice Day service.

Jeremy Corbyn has smartened up for his appearance alongside other politicians and dignitaries at the Cenotaph to mark Remembrance Sunday

Jeremy Corbyn has smartened up for his appearance alongside other politicians and dignitaries at the Cenotaph to mark Remembrance Sunday

His outfit stands in sharp contrast with last year where he was branded 'scruffy and disrespectful' for wearing a grey anorak to lay a wreath at the Armistice Day service

His outfit stands in sharp contrast with last year where he was branded ‘scruffy and disrespectful’ for wearing a grey anorak to lay a wreath at the Armistice Day service

It evoked memories of former Labour leader Michael Foot’s infamous donkey jacket moment 37 years earlier.

Scores of viewers watching the live coverage said they were ‘shocked’ at the politician’s choice of attire, with one man claiming he looked as though he was ‘going fishing’.

He also chose not to don a white poppy, a symbol of pacifism, alongside the more widely worn red poppy which symbolises those who died in conflict.

However, Mr Corbyn was last night slammed for failing to show up for the Festival of Remembrance to honour Brit hero soldiers at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Labour leader’s absence sparked outrage among members of the public – who blast the move as ‘a spectacular own goal’ by the party.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry was at the event but no shows by Corbyn and his right hand man John McDonnell left many furious.

Joanne Henry tweeted: ‘What a disgrace, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell couldn’t be bothered turning up to remember our fallen heroes.

‘Just remember that people, when you go in to vote on 12th December.’

Celia Bradshaw added: ‘Noticed Emily Thornberry at the Remembrance event last night representing Corbyn no doubt.’ 

His appearance in 2018 evoked memories of former Labour leader Michael Foot's infamous donkey jacket moment 37 years earlier

His appearance in 2018 evoked memories of former Labour leader Michael Foot’s infamous donkey jacket moment 37 years earlier

The first to arrive this morning included new Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle with his wife Catherine Swindley, as well as Nicky Morgan and her husband Jonathan and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford.

Following the service, around 10,000 veterans will march past the war memorial, including World War Two veteran Ron Freer.

The 104-year-old, who is blind, will be the oldest hero to be marching at the Cenotaph this year, along with his comrades. 

This is while 98-year-old Ron Hindle was also at the event with other veterans. 

Many veterans wore their medals during the parade which continued through a stunning autumnal glow which basked London throughout the morning. 

Despite a slight chill in the air, veterans came out in full force to support one another. 

The event is attended by thousands every year, with the pubs and eateries around Westminster expected to be packed throughout the day.

Many use the event not only to remember the fallen, but to also catch up with former comrades. 

A lot of the veterans present at the event today are wheelchair bound.

However, many of them got out of their chairs in order to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph.  

This years’ service marks 100 years since the first two-minute silence was observed on 11 November 1919 on Armistice Day.

It will also be the first year that both civilian victims or both war and terror attacks, will be remembered under the same service. 

Ahead of the service, Cadets on Horse Guard Parade, next to St James’ Park, were also seen getting into position for the commemorations.

They were in full uniform and were seen walking in unison this morning as gazebos were pitched on the parade in preparation for the people expected to attend the service. 

Politicians continued to arrive for the service today, including Jacob Rees Mogg, Ben Wallace, Stephen Barclay, Jo Swinson, Priti Patel and Sajid Javid. Also seen arriving was Archbishop Angeaelos. 

As Big Ben strikes 11am, a two minutes silence was observed, with its beginning and end marked by the firing of a gun by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Buglers of the Royal Marines will sound the Last Post before wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph by members of the royal family, politicians, foreign representatives and senior armed forces personnel.

The Prince of Wales laid the first wreath on behalf of the Queen, who watched the service from a nearby balcony.

An equerry is due to lay a wreath for the Duke of Edinburgh who is not expected to be present after retiring from royal duties two years ago.

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex followed their father in laying wreaths, while their wives watched the ceremony from balconies.

Five former prime ministers – Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May – are also due to be in attendance.

After wreaths are laid, the Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally, will lead a service of remembrance which will end with trumpeters of the Royal Air Force sounding Rouse (Reveille).

Following the ceremony, thousands of veterans and servicemen and women will march past the Cenotaph to pay their respects to those killed in past and present conflicts.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Kohima in India, the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands and the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy.  

The programme for the event follows the same structure each year. 

Before the ceremony many took to social media to pay their tributes, including Mr Corbyn who paid tribute to past and present Armed Forces.

In a video posted to Twitter he said: ‘We remember the many brave people from Britain and all across the world who put their lives on the line making huge sacrifices in two world wars which cost the lives of millions, and in all other conflicts since.

‘And we stand together to say: Never again.’

Remembrance Sunday is an important day for many across the globe.

It symbolises loss, hope and aims to give thanks and remember those who fought to keep use safe during previous wars – as well as honoring those who continue to put their lives on the line to keep us from harm today. 

Ron Freer as a soldier

Ron Freer on Saturday

Ron Freer (pictured left in his uniform) said he was ‘hugely honoured’ to be marching today in order to pay tribute to those who fell in battle. He is pictured right at a previous memorial 

Veterans are pictured sat together sporting their well-deserved medals as they wait for the service to begin this Sunday morning

Veterans are pictured sat together sporting their well-deserved medals as they wait for the service to begin this Sunday morning 

Families of the veterans were seen this morning, their children and grandchildren were pictured attending the event with them (above)

Families of the veterans were seen this morning, their children and grandchildren were pictured attending the event with them (above) 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds (pictured above) leave Number 10 Downing Street and make their way to the service

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds (pictured above) leave Number 10 Downing Street and make their way to the service

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn with his wife Laura Alvarez (pictured together above) smiled as they arrived for the service. This morning Mr Corbyn had posted a video on Twitter paying his respects to service personnel

New Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle and wife Catherine Swindley in Downing Street arriving for the Remembrance Sunday service

New Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle and wife Catherine Swindley in Downing Street arriving for the Remembrance Sunday service (right). Jeremy Corbyn and his wife Laura Alvarez (right)

Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured above) arrived this morning ahead of the service at the Cenotaph

Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured above) arrived this morning ahead of the service at the Cenotaph

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Nicky Morgan and husband Jonathan were also seen arriving today, as they walked from Downing Street

Theresa May

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Nicky Morgan (left) was seen arriving, as was former Prime Minister Theresa May  (right)

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford (pictured above) was seen arriving this morning ahead of the memorial service

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford (pictured above) was seen arriving this morning ahead of the memorial service 

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (pictured above) smiled as he arrived this morning. He had pinned two medals to his coat as well as his poppy

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (pictured above) smiled as he arrived this morning. He had pinned two medals to his coat as well as his poppy

Archbishop Angeaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London (pictured above) was also in attendance today for the service which will be followed by over 10,000 veterans marching

Archbishop Angeaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London (pictured above) was also in attendance today for the service which will be followed by over 10,000 veterans marching 

Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland

Stephen Barclay

Politicians such as Exiting the European Union Secretary Stephen Barclay (right) were at the service, as well as Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland (left)

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid (pictured above) departs Downing Street to attend the National Service of Remembrance

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid (pictured above) departs Downing Street to attend the National Service of Remembrance

Leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson

Home Secretary Priti Patel

Leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson (left) and Home Secretary Priti Patel (right) are pictured above arriving

Former Prime Minister David Cameron (pictured above) arrived today. Former Prime Ministers such as Sir John Major are also set to attend

Former Prime Minister David Cameron (pictured above) arrived today. Former Prime Ministers such as Sir John Major are also set to attend

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie were also pictured arriving this morning as many lined the streets in London

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie were also pictured arriving this morning as many lined the streets in London 

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