The service will be led by the Dean of Westminster, Dr David Hoyle, and will include an address from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. It will be broadcast live and include the national two-minute silence. Commemorations will also be held at the Edinburgh Gardens Of Remembrance, Cardiff National War Memorial, Belfast Belfast City Hall and National Arboretum in Staffordshire. Armistice Day
The coronavirus pandemic will affect commemorations this year, though Downing Street has confirmed that remembrance services and events can be held as long as there are strict social distancing measures.Ahead of the commemorations, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke to military families who have lost loved ones, telling them they should be “proud” of their achievements and “the sacrifice and the bravery that they’ve shown”.
The duchess marked Remembrance week by speaking via video call on Monday to three women about how they had been supported by the Royal British Legion.It comes after the Queen led the nation in marking Remembrance Sunday at a scaled-back service at the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall. Social distancing measures were in place and the service was closed to the public for the first time.
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Days before, the Queen was seen wearing a face mask in public for the first time when she made a private pilgrimage to the grave of the Unknown Warrior.The concept of the Grave of the Unknown Warrior was inspired by Rev David Railton, who had served as a chaplain on the Western Front during World War One.After the conflict he wrote to the then-Dean of Westminster, Herbert Ryle, about his proposal which was later supported by King George V and Prime Minister David Lloyd George.The body was chosen from four unknown British servicemen –