As the Last Post sounded at the Remembrance Day service in London, Prince William was thousands of miles away in Afghanistan remembering those killed in combat there.
In what was described by the Royal Legion as a "huge gesture of respect and fellowship" he joined a military congregation in Helmand Province.
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The Prince, a search and rescue pilot, laid a wreath at Camp Bastion.
Attached was a note reading: "For Jo, Lex and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country".
He was a personal friend of 2nd Lt Joanna Dyer who was killed in the Afghan conflict three years ago.
Major Lex Roberts, his platoon commander, died in Iraq in May 2007.
Back in Britain, under skies heavy with rain, the Queen led the nation's tributes to past and present servicemen, leaving her wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
Young and old joined medalled war veterans, as well as political leaders and their wives, in the traditional two-minute silence that began at 11am on the first stroke of Big Ben.
Particularly striking was Prime Minister David Cameron's wife Samantha, elegant in a trilby hat, black suit and crisp white shirt. She attended with her mother-in-law Mary, who was recently widowed.
They watched as 8,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen paraded solemnly through the streets in honour of their fallen comrades.