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The Ar­mistice cel­e­bra­tions out­side Buck­ing­ham Palace

Ju­bi­lant crowds gather at Buck­ing­ham Palace to cel­e­brate the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice

Af­ter four long and painful years, Bri­tons awoke on 11 Novem­ber 1918 to dis­cover that the First World War was draw­ing to a close. Fol­low­ing the sign­ing of an Ar­mistice agree­ment at 5am, hos­til­i­ties on the West­ern Front fi­nally came to an end at 11am. As the news be­gan to fil­ter through, thou­sands of peo­ple took to the streets to em­brace, dance and sing with strangers. The scenes were par­tic­u­larly tri­umphant in the cap­i­tal, where large crowds gath­ered out­side Buck­ing­ham Palace to watch the Royal Fam­ily ap­pear on the bal­cony and join in with the im­promptu fes­tiv­i­ties.

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