6am: Bagpipes ring out at dawn from more than 2,000 locations across the world, including all Commonwealth countries. They will play Battle’s O’er. 10.30am: 10,000 people chosen by random ballot will gather in The Mall, London, before setting off for the Cenotaph as part of A Nation’s Thank You – The People’s Procession. Throughout the day: Giant portraits of local World War I heroes will be etched into the sand at low tide on 32 beaches around Britain. As the tide comes in, their faces will be washed away in a poignant tribute by film director Danny Boyle.
10.50am: Glasgow’s Remembrance Sunday service starts at the Cenotaph led by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Susan M Brown, followed by wreath laying and a parade.
11.00am: National two minutes silence begins, exactly 100 years after the Armistice.
12.30pm: Church bells will ring out across the world, just as they did in 1918 to celebrate the end of the war. Portsmouth Cathedral will ring 7,000 changes in five hours – one for each local soldier killed during the war.
5pm: 10,000 torches will be lit at the Tower of London, gradually filling the moat with a sea of flames. Beefeaters will light first ones, followed by volunteers.
6.55pm: More than 1,200 buglers at locations across the UK and Commonwealth will sound The Last Post in a tribute directed by Bruno Peek, the pageant master behind the Queen’s 2002 Golden Jubilee celebrations.
7.05pm: Around 1,200 church bells will ring out across the UK and 180 town criers nationwide will perform a cry for peace, led by Chelsea Pensioner Leo Tighe BEM.
TIMETABLE IN WHITEHALL
8am: Whitehall opens to the public.
9am: 9,000 military veterans of all conflicts gather in Horse Guards Parade and in Whitehall ahead of the Royal British Legion’s annual Cenotaph March Past. 10am: All detachments march from Wellington Barracks. 11am: Two minutes’ silence marked by the firing of guns from King’s Troop on Horse Guards Parade. Cenotaph Service starts.
11.25am: Cenotaph Service concludes and Royal British Legion detachments march past the Cenotaph.