Ger­man pres­i­dent to be among those at wreath-lay­ing at the Ceno­taph

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BRI­TAIN will hon­our its Armed Forces heroes to­mor­row as the coun­try marks 100 years since the First World War ended.

Cer­e­monies at war me­mo­ri­als across the North East will com­mem­o­rate those who sac­ri­ficed their lives in con­flict. In New­cas­tle, a Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade will make its way from the Civic Cen­tre to El­don Square War Memo­rial from 10am, ahead of a cer­e­mony and two min­utes of si­lence at 11am.

The memo­rial will be blan­keted in hand­made woollen pop­pies do­nated by the pub­lic to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice bring­ing peace be­tween the Al­lies and Ger­many. The peace treaty came into ef­fect at 11am on Novem­ber 11, 1918.

To mark the cen­te­nary, Ger­many is send­ing a leader to lay a wreath at the Ceno­taph in London for the first time.

Pres­i­dent Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier will per­form the duty on be­half of Ger­many as a his­toric act of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. In a role sim­i­lar to that of the Queen in the UK, Ger­many’s pres­i­dent rep­re­sents the coun­try at of­fi­cial gath­er­ings, signs off laws and of­fi­cially ap­points the Chan­cel­lor. Prince Charles will also lay a wreath at White­hall’s Ceno­taph, on be­half of the Queen, who will watch Sun­day’s ser­vice from the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice’s bal­cony, as she did last year.

Af­ter Charles lays his wreath, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and op­po­si­tion lead­ers will leave flo­ral trib­utes, as will other mem­bers of the royal fam­ily.

The ser­vice in London will be fol­lowed by the Na­tion’s Thank You pro­ces­sion, in which 10,000 peo­ple cho­sen by bal­lots will walk past the Ceno­taph.

In the evening, the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Corn­wall, the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex will at­tend a memo­rial ser­vice at West­min­ster Abbey.

Around the coun­try, hun­dreds of ‘Bat­tle’s Over’ events will mark the Ar­mistice’s cen­te­nary on Novem­ber 11. Pipers will play, bea­cons will be lit and church bells will ring in all cor­ners of the UK – and around the world.

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