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Prince Charles steps in to lay wreath as Queen observes

14 November 2017

Often praised for being rigorous about her royal obligations, the queen has delegated the Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying to Charles.

The National Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, an iconic war memorial in London, saw Harry step out in full military uniform, with the addition of a neatly-trimmed beard-something that is apparently expressly forbidden for the British Army. Her eldest son Charles instead stepped forward following a nationwide two-minute silence, placing a wreath of poppies at the monument close to parliament.

Former prime ministers Tony Blair, David Cameron, and Gordon Brown attended, alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Vince Cable, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, and Prime Minister Theresa May.

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The service was guarded by armed police and the Met confirmed it would be using facial recognition software to track crowds gathered to watch.

Meanwhile, bell ringers are being sought for 2018 to honour the 1,400 ringers who died in World War One.

The change is seen as part of the subtle shift of head of state duties from the Queen to her heir.

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Prince Charles will lead the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph in London and Big Ben will chime at 11:00 GMT. Queen Elizabeth has already reduced her schedule, with official engagements dropping 22 percent from the 425 in her 2012 diamond jubilee year to 332 in 2016.

Charles has stepped in for the Queen at the ceremony twice before - in 1983 when she was in Kenya and in 1999 when the monarch had travelled to South Africa. The bell also rang on Saturday to mark Armistice Day.

Among the acts performing were singers Mel C, Emeli Sande, Tom Odell, Lesley Garrett and Alfie Boe, alongside hymns, prayers, and readings.

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The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of York and the Princess Royal.

Prince Charles steps in to lay wreath as Queen observes