Remembrance Day 2017: Services in London

Ben Olsen
Chelsea pensioners march during the 2015 Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial: Gareth Fuller/PA

This Saturday, November 11, marks 99 years since the end of the First World War.

At the time, King George V called for silence to remember the many who had been lost, proclaiming: “All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”

That tradition remains today and on both Saturday 11 and Remembrance Sunday, which this year falls on November 12, various commemorative events will take place across the capital.

We've picked out some of the tributes below, though our first suggestion is to check in with your local church or council hall, as many smaller events take place, but aren't heavily publicised.

Imperial War Museum’s Ceremony of Remembrance

Two identical services will be held in the atrium of the museum over the weekend. At 11am, the Last Post will be performed on a bugle. Following this haunting piece will be two minutes of silence and another bugle call known as a Reveille. This will be followed by a recital from a young performer on a violin made from wood salvaged from Western Front battlefields.

Nov 11 and 12, 11am. Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ. iwm.org.uk

RAF Museum's Remembrance Service

This simple ceremony will take place by the museum’s Lancaster Bomber. It’s open to the public and will start with the Last Post, followed by the two minutes' silence and a performance from the North London Military Wives Choir. Then there is a chance, for those who want to, to plant poppies outside the Grahame White Factory.

Nov 11, 10.45am. RAF Museum, Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL. rafmuseum.org.uk

The Cenotaph Service

This is, of course, the most famous one, which will be broadcast on BBC One. It will be attended by major political figures, military representatives and members of the royal family although this year the Queen, who traditionally leads the event by laying down a wreath, has asked the Prince of Wales to perform this duty instead. Crowds can attend but it will be difficult to get a spot, so head down early.

Nov 12. Whitehall. britishlegion.org.uk

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