World War II commemoration: The royals wear black, Queen struggles with tears

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The royals wear black, the queen fights with tears

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Queen Elizabeth II, Kensington, London, Nov. 9, 2019. (Chris Jackson / Pool via AP) Queen Elizabeth II, Kensington, London, Nov. 9, 2019. (Chris Jackson / Pool via AP)

The queen sat alone, with other members of the royal family behind her. They all wear black to commemorate the dead of two world wars

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The so-called Poppies are omnipresent in Britain, collectively the country is currently remembering the fallen of two world wars. For the monarchy, it is a major operation – and many showed a deeply moved.

GBig Ben's lure, cannon shots and many poppies: British royals, high-ranking politicians and thousands of other participants have commemorated the fallen of the two world wars and other conflicts on Sunday in London with a moving ceremony.

The 70-year-old heir to the throne, Prince Charles, was the first to plant a wreath of red poppies on the monument known as Cenotaph in London's government district. The "Poppies" are the central symbol of the victims of the war on the island.

Many Britons wear small red paper flowers on the lapel in November, and their sale also collects donations for the veterans.

Prince Charles at the wreath-laying ceremony

Prince Charles at the wreath-laying ceremony

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For a minute of silence at 11 o'clock local time (12 o'clock of our time) struck exceptionally the big bell of Big Ben. The tower is currently being completely restored. The famous carillon can therefore only be heard on a few occasions.

The Queen and Duchess Catherine in serious mood

The Queen and Duchess Catherine in serious mood

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Queen Elizabeth II watched the action from a nearby balcony. The 93-year-old seemed partially deeply moved and wiped a tear from her eyes. At her side were Duchess Camilla and Duchess Kate, all dressed in black.

William and Harry sat close to the Queen

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and princes William and Harry also took part. For formerly inseparable brothers, remembrance Sunday commemorations were the first public appearance since Harry and his wife Meghan had talked about frustration in a television interview.

Prince Harry and his brother William during the memorial service

Prince Harry and his brother William during the memorial service

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Harry indicated a distance to his big brother. "We are certainly on different paths at the moment." He loves William very much, but "as brothers you have good and bad days," he said.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II Attends the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 10, 2019. - Remembrance Sunday is at an annual commemoration on the Sunday to Armistice Day, November 11, the anniversary of the end of the First World War and services across Commonwealth countries remember servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since WWI. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

The queen seemed visibly moved, wiping away tears

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At a gala on Saturday night at the Royal Albert Hall, William and Kate sat next to the Queen, while Harry and Meghan sat in the background. However, this did not even interpret the notoriously aggressive London tabloid press as a sign of a possible collusion – the "Poppy Day" apparently created a well-worn mood for everyone.

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Meghan and Harry

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan

The Remembrance Sunday always falls on the second Sunday in November. The actual day of remembrance is the 11th of November – on this day in 1918 the First World War ended.



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