Today marks Remembrance Sunday, a tradition in the UK and around the Commonwealth “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.”
The Queen is joined by members of the royal family at Whitehall in London, where she lays a wreath of poppies at the foot of the Cenotaph, an “empty tomb” to honor soldiers whose remains did not make it back home.
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The ceremony includes two minutes of silence and the “Last Post,” as well as a veteran march past the Centoaph to honor fallen soldiers.
Today, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands took part in the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the British liberation of Holland.
According to the Daily Express, this is the first time a foreign head of state has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph. Both monarchs were joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of York.
Maxima joined the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Laurence on Whitehall’s balcony. Catherine, according to What Kate Wore, donned a bespoke Alexander McQueen double-breasted coat with “patchwork velvet elements.” Her hat featured a bit of netting, appropriate for the occasion.
Last night, William and Catherine joined Her Majesty and other members of the family at the Festival of Remembrance.