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Remembrance Sunday live updates: King leads service at Cenotaph as police appeal for help identifying 'hate crime' protesters

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Prince William, Prince of Wales, King Charles III and Princess Anne, Princess Royal during the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 12, 2023 in London, England. Every year, members of the British Royal family join politicians, veterans and members of the public to remember those who have died in combat. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, King Charles and Princess Anne during the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph in London on Sunday morning. (Getty Images)

The King has led a two-minute silence in Whitehall in memory of all members of the armed forces who laid down their lives for the UK and Commonwealth.

Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer and other political leaders laid down wreaths of red poppies at the Cenotaph while the Massed Bands and Pipers were playing in the rain by the war monument.

King Charles was applauded as he laid down a wreath at 11am.

It comes as the Metropolitan Police has released images of protesters they are looking to identify "in relation to a hate crime" at Saturday's pro-Palestinian march.

The force shared photos on social media and appealed for anyone who can identify those pictured to contact them.

Rishi Sunak has said the ugly scenes in central London on Armistice Day "utterly disrespects" the spirit of remembrance as police confirmed 126 arrests with nine officers injured. Ninety-two of those arrested were right-wing counter-protesters, according to the Met.

Our coverage of Saturday's protests on Armistice Day can be found here.


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