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Royals to lead Remembrance Sunday tributes at Cenotaph today

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The Royal Family will lead the nation in paying respects to all those who have been killed fighting for the country at the traditional wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

Last night, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined Kate Middleton and Prince William at the annual Festival of Remembrance in their first joint appearance since Harry addressed rumours of a rift.

Harry admitted he and his brother were on ‘different paths’ in an emotional TV interview with Tom Bradby in October.

All four joined Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the royal box for the event at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday evening.

The service was also attended by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The Royals will appear together again today for the service at the memorial on Whitehall in central London.

Mr Johnson and Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn will take a break from election campaigning to also attend the Remembrance Sunday event.

Hundreds of armed forces personnel will also be present at the occasion, alongside Cabinet ministers, religious leaders and representatives of Commonwealth nations.

As Big Ben strikes 11am, a two minutes silence will be 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.

Prince Charles will lay the first wreath on behalf of the Queen, who will watch 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.

William and Harry will follow their father in laying wreaths, while their wives will also watch 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.

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