Queen leads Armistice Day service for the fallen

Thursday November 12, 2009

Queen Elizabeth II led tributes to fallen soldiers at an Armistice Day memorial service on Wednesday.

Ninety-one years after the end of the First World War, the British monarch was accompanied by husband Prince Philip, senior politicians and war veterans at Westminster Abbey.

The traditional two-minute silence brought the nation to a standstill as Britain remembered the sacrifice of those who died for their country.

"We remember with grief, the gas and the mud, the barbed wire, the bombarment, the terror, the telegram. And, with gratitude, the courage and sacrifice," the Dean of Westminster said.

The Queen also laid a wreath at the grave of the unknown warrior, whose body was brought to the Abbey in 1920 to act as a memorial.

Also paying tribute was QI presenter Stephen Fry, who read a piece of war poetry as thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square.

Photo: © PA

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