Remembrance Sunday 2019: When is the two-minute silence in the UK?

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The UK will fall silent this weekend as the nation honours those who have lost their lives in war.

A two-minute silence will be observed across the UK as people gather to mark Remembrance Sunday on November 10.

Another silence will also be held on Armistice Day, which falls on November 11 each year, to commemorate the end of World War One.

Here is all you need to know.

When is the two minute silence on Remembrance Sunday?

Remembrance Sunday is always held on the second Sunday in November each year, with a two-minute silence taking place at 11am.

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on November 10.

The most high-profile memorial event is the National Service of Remembrance taking place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

The service begins at 11am, although the Cenotaph will be open to the public from 8am, for those wishing to secure a position near the monument.

The Royal British Legion detachments forum on House Guards Parade in Whitehall will take place at 9am.

The two minute silence will be marked by the firing of guns from the King’s Troop on Horse Guards Parade.

Big Ben will also sound 11 times at 11am at the beginning of the traditional two minutes of silence.

It is held to honour those people who have lost their lives in war.

This year, the Prince of Wales will once again lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the Queen - the third successive year Charles will perform the duty.

What other events are happening on Sunday?

An original WWII Dakota aircraft will drop three-quarters of a million poppies will be dropped over the White Cliffs of Dover at 11am on Sunday to mark 74 years since the end of the war.

Veterans from several conflicts, including the Second World War, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, will signal the drop from on board the Dakota as the formation reaches the sky above the cliffs.

When is Armistice Day?

Armistice Day is always held on November 11.

The silence also takes place at 11am, and this is done to mark the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the armistice was signed to bring the end of WWI.

Why do we hold a two-minute silence?

Both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are held to commemorate those who have lost their lives in war, with the two-minute silence taking place in order remember those who have died.

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