The U.K. is back on lockdown because of the surging coronavirus pandemic, but the royal family still honored British and Commonwealth veterans on Sunday at a scaled-back version of the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at The Cenotaph in London. Queen Elizabeth was joined by her immediate family, 30 service members, and other notable leaders, who all stood at a careful social distance.
It might have been a very different ceremony from years past, but Kate Middleton arrived at the event in her usual flourish of class and style. She wore a black custom Alexander McQueen coat with shoulder detailing, a Philip Treacy black hat, and pearl drop earrings that she borrowed from Queen Elizabeth II, according to the Daily Mail. She also wore the customary red poppy pin to honor those who have died while serving their country in the line of duty.
Kensington Palace shared photos of the day on its official Instagram account:
On #RemembranceSunday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and Members of the Royal Family for the annual Remembrance Day Service at The Cenotaph. This year the @RoyalBritishLegion encouraged us all to to take to our windows and doorsteps for a two minutes’ silence at 11am on Sunday November 8, to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Swipe to see more from across the UK: Image 3: Merchant Navy veteran Bill Bennett, 94, wears his medals whilst at his home in Kidderminster. Image 4: D-Day veteran Jim Healy, 95, from Manchester. Jim was a Corporal in the Royal Marines and was coxswain of a landing craft assault on June 6, 1944. Image 5: Veteran Charlie MacVicar, who served for 23 years with the Royal Scots, at the Royal British Legion Remembrance Garden in Grangemouth. Image 6: A camera phone is set up to film and live-stream a closed and socially distanced remembrance service at Exeter Cathedral. Image 7: Seymour 'Bill' Taylor, 95, from Colchester in Essex, who served as an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy onboard HMS Emerald during the D-Day landings joins neighbours in the street to observe the two minutes silence. Image 8: The National Memorial Arboretum, where a virtual Act of Remembrance from the Armed Forces Memorial was broadcast online.
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"On #RemembranceSunday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and Members of the Royal Family for the annual Remembrance Day Service at The Cenotaph." The caption continued, "This year the @RoyalBritishLegion encouraged us all to to take to our windows and doorsteps for a two minutes’ silence at 11am on Sunday November 8, to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom."
Kate joined her mother-in-law, Camilla, on the balcony of The Cenotaph as they overlooked the monument that honors military personnel who died in World Wars I and II. The Queen, who wore a mask as she visited the grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, stood one balcony over from her daughter and granddaughter-in-law at the ceremony.
Per People, Prince Charles led members of the the royal family as they laid red floral wreaths on the monument.
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