The Queen is joined by Camilla and Kate as she pays tribute on Remembrance Sunday

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
The Queen was accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony during the service (Getty)

The Queen and the Royal Family paid tribute to those who have fought and died in war, during the annual Remembrance Sunday service in London.

Her Majesty viewed the service from the balcony of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office building, accompanied by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.

For the second year in a row, the Queen, 92, handed her duties over to her son and heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales.

Following a two minute silence at 11am, a wreath was laid on Her Majesty’s behalf by Prince Charles at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, while an Equerry placed one on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Prince of Wales lays a wreath on behalf of the Queen at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday (Getty)

This is the first time Prince Philip has missed the Remembrance Sunday service, after retiring from public duties aged 96 last year.

The president of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph for the first time in an act of reconciliation.

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His wife and First Lady Elke Büdenbender stood on the balcony next to the Duchess of Sussex. It marked Meghan’s first attendance at the Remembrance Sunday service. 

Germany’s First Lady Elke Büdenbender and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (Getty)

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex were among the royals, who paid their respects by placing a wreath at the Cenotaph. Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were also present.

The Queen, Camilla and Kate donned multiple poppies. The palace have never stated the reason behind it, but many think Her Majesty’s cluster of five signify each branch of the services – the Army, Navy, RAF, Civil Defence and women.

Others believe the poppies represent family members lost in the wars. The Duchess of Cambridge, who sported three, visited the Imperial War Museum last week to view moving letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, Olive, all of whom fought and died in the First World War.

The Queen and members of the Royal Family at the Festival of Remembrance (Getty)

On Sunday evening, the Queen will be joined by senior members of the Royal Family for a special service at Westminster Abbey to mark the Centenary of the Armistice.

Last night, the Royal Family attended the annual Festival of Remembrance at London’s Albert Hall, where they watched performances from the likes of Sir Tom Jones and Harry and Meghan’s wedding choir Kingdom Choir, alongside the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Band of HM Royal Marines.