We will never for­get


Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by CATHER­INE WYLIE

THE Prince of Wales led the na­tion in hon­our­ing the coun­try’s war dead on Re­mem­brance Sun­day, as the Queen ob­served the ser­vice from a bal­cony.

The Queen asked Prince Charles to lay her wreath at the Ceno­taph, in what is be­lieved to be the first time the monarch has bro­ken with tra­di­tion and not per­formed the sym­bolic duty when at the White­hall ser­vice.

A two-minute si­lence took place at 11am and wreaths were laid at the foot of the White­hall me­mo­rial by se­nior roy­als and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn. The Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh watched the ser­vice from a For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice bal­cony.

The Ceno­taph cer­e­mony is a poignant and sig­nif­i­cant event in the life of the na­tion, which nor­mally in­volves the Queen lead­ing the coun­try in re­mem­ber­ing those who have died in world wars and other con­flicts, so Prince Charles’s role in lay­ing the wreath was a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment.

Buck­ing­ham Palace an­nounced the change last month, which is seen as an ex­am­ple of the sub­tle shift of head of state du­ties from the Queen to the heir to the throne.

Ear­lier this year Philip, 96, re­tired from his solo pub­lic du­ties, but on oc­ca­sion has joined the Queen at her of­fi­cial en­gage­ments.

Photo: Jack Tay­lor/ Getty Images

Prince Charles at­tends the Re­mem­brance Sun­day event; (left) The Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh also at­tended

Photo: Chris Jack­son/ Getty Images

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