Prince Charles lays wreath on Queen's behalf on Remembrance Sunday

Prince Charles lays wreath on Queen's behalf on Remembrance Sunday
By Euronews

The Prince of Wales has assumed one of the Queen's key annual duties, a sign of the subtle transition of roles from the monarch to the heir to the throne.

In the UK, the Prince of Wales has led the nation in remembering its war dead.

The Queen asked her eldest son to lay her wreath at the service at London’s cenotaph.

It’s the first time he’s performed this symbolic duty on her behalf on an occasion when she has also been present at the ceremony. In 1983 he performed the task when she was out of the country.

It’s a move that’s been interpreted as part of a subtle shift in duties from the Queen to the heir to the throne.

Queen looks on

Along with her husband, Prince Philip, who’s 96, the 91-year-old monarch watched from a Foreign and Commonwealth Office balcony as members of the Royal family and political leaders laid their wreaths.

A two-minute silence was observed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

This year’s commemoration also marks the centenary of Passchendaele and a hundred years of women’s service in Britain’s regular armed forces.

London’s cenotaph was unveiled on 11 November, 1920 by King George V.

Around the UK

The British Capital provides a focus for commemorations around the country.

In Omagh, Northern Ireland, events were suspended because of a security alert.

Similar services took place around the world.

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