While Americans celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th, the United Kingdom celebrates Remembrance Day to pay tribute to those in the armed forces who have died (like our Memorial Day in May).
This year, Queen Elizabeth handed over the duty of laying a wreath to her son, Prince Charles for the second time in her reign.
This marks the sixth time Queen Elizabeth has not laid a wreath and the first time since 1999 where she abdicated her duties.
The other times were when she was pregnant or abroad. The BBC reported that a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “The Queen wishes to be alongside the Duke of Edinburgh and he will be in the balcony.”
This is, though, the first time during her reign that Queen Elizabeth has observed the ceremony from a balcony on site. The news of her not participating in laying the wreath came last month. Many suspect this is due to the Queen’s age as well as a transition in the monarchy and possible abdication of the throne.
Also in attendance at the ceremony was Prince Harry, Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Phillip, and other royals. Prince Harry opened the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey and he and Prince William also laid wreaths at the Cenotaph.
At one point during the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth was overcome by emotion and wiped a tear away.
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