Led by the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, political leaders from the UK laid wreaths upon The Cenotaph in Whitehall. Boris Johnson and Liz Triss were seen gathered behind the row of active party leaders as they joined former prime ministers to pay their respects. Theresa May and David Cameron were also present for the annual ceremony which pays tribute to the service of the armed forces.
For Rishi Sunak, it will be his first Remembrance Sunday since he became Prime Minister at the end of October.
Boris Johnson led political figures in the service in 2021, during his time in office at Number Ten.
For Liz Truss, her premiership lasted just 44 days, meaning she was not able to lead a single Remembrance service during her time in Downing Street.
As the Prime Minister laid his wreath at the Cenotaph, he paused thoughtfully for a moment before returning to his position in the crowd.
Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour Party Leader, followed after the Prime Minister.
SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford and Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey were also present among the front row of political figures and joined their colleagues in laying wreaths to mark the service.
Around 10,000 Royal British Legion veterans marched past the Cenotaph to pay tribute to their fallen comrades.
A national two-minute silence was led by the King to remember all those who have died in conflict since the First World War.
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Ahead of the Remembrance Sunday service, the Prime Minister said: “This year more than ever, we are reminded of the huge debt of gratitude we owe those who lay down their lives to protect their country.
“As we fall silent together on Remembrance Sunday, we will honour the memories of the men and women we have lost and pay tribute to the brave soldiers of Ukraine as they continue their fight for freedom.”
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace noted that this year’s ceremony was particularly poignant in light of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
He said: “We must never forget those who gave their lives in defence of our values and our great nation.
“All of us will also be thinking of those brave Ukrainians who are fighting for their very own survival to defend freedom and democracy for all, just as the UK and Commonwealth soldiers did in both world wars.”
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