Remembrance Events & Ceremonies, 2017

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  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Queen will not lay Remembrance wreath
    It will be the first time the Queen has not laid the wreath since 1999

    The Queen will not lay a wreath at the Cenotaph this year as part of the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony.

    She will watch the event on 12 November in Whitehall from the balcony of the Foreign Office with Prince Philip,

    Prince Charles will take her place in laying the floral tribute on behalf of the nation, along with the Duke of Edinburgh's equerry.

    The Queen has not laid wreaths in six previous ceremonies since her coronation.

    Two were during her pregnancies with Prince Andrew, in 1959, and Prince Edward, in 1963.

    The other four occasions were when she was on visits abroad - in 1961, when she was in Ghana, in 1968, when in Brazil, in 1983, when in Kenya and in 1999, when in South Africa.

    Royal officials told the BBC that the Queen chose to ask her eldest son and heir to carry out the royal duty.
    It will be the second time the Prince of Wales has laid the wreath after standing in for the Queen when she was on a trip to Kenya 34 years ago.

    A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman added: "The Queen wishes to be alongside the Duke of Edinburgh and he will be in the balcony."

    BBC Royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the change was "another sign of the Royal Family in transition", as well as "an acknowledgment of the fact the Queen is 91."

    Earlier this year Prince Philip retired from his public duties, but he has continued to join the Queen at some of her official engagements.

    In 2015, the ceremony was made shorter to limit the amount of time the Queen, Prince Philip and the veterans in attendance would have to stand. This move included making some members of the Royal Family lay wreaths together, rather than separately.

    However, plans for the prime minister to lay one wreath on behalf of all the political parties were scrapped, with opposition leaders still being allowed to place individual wreaths.
  2. dbf

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  3. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    I am curious as to the emphasis in this report on the Queen's participation or otherwise in Remembrance ceremonies since her coronation, to the complete exclusion of Remembrance Sunday 1952, her first as Queen.

    Such pointed reticence inevitably raises a to whether there was something about which the pubic is not supposed to know.
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Thought I'd look up the 1952 one

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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Simply passing on the mantle to the next King im sure there is nothing in it
  6. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    Disgusted by the political editor at the Sun newspaper and his view on it. I'm no fan of royalty, but to suggest the Queen crawl to the cenotaph is beyond the pale. I'd like to see how steady he's on his feet at the age of 91! Zelo Street: Tom Newton Dunn Royally Wrong
  7. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

  8. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    Now I am even more puzzled.

    The thread began with a disquisition on the Queen's attendance or otherwise at Remembrance ceremonies since her coronation on 2 June 1953, thereby carefully omitting any reference to the Remembrance ceremony in 1952, falling between her accession on 6 February 1952 and her coronation. I invited explanation of the calculated omission of any reference to what happened in 1952.

    The purported answer to that question bears no relation at to all the question. Why the obfuscation about the 1952 ceremony?
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Maybe best to contact the BBC & ask the journalist who wrote the news report that D quoted.
  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    As Owen suggests contact the BBC

    My comment is simply time moves on
    water under the bridge and all that
  11. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    The Legion introduces modern take on ‘In Flanders Fields’ for 2017 Poppy Appeal

    Lines of the renowned poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ appeared in iconic locations across the UK today – installed by The Royal British Legion to launch the 2017 Poppy Appeal.

    By re-creating John McCrae’s poem in seven locations the Legion aims to bring ‘In Flanders Fields’ into modern-day consciousness, encouraging people to Rethink Remembrance and consider the meaning of the poppy as a symbol both of Remembrance and hope for the Armed Forces community, past and present.

    ‘In Flanders Fields’ was written after poppies bloomed on the battle fields of the First World War, despite the death and destruction around them. It’s that life force growing in the most difficult of circumstances that connects the poppy with a message of hope.

    The poem lines are located at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, on Dunkirk Beach, on the White Cliffs of Dover, at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, in Cardiff Bay, at Salford Quays in Manchester and outside the Sage in Newcastle.

    The individual letters of the poem are made up of clusters of poppies, giving the impression the lines of the poem have grown from the ground, and when viewed from a height or at ground level will bring a new perspective to the famous poem and its meaning.

    The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising Claire Rowcliffe said: “The Poppy Appeal 2017 is encouraging the public to recognise that your poppy supports the Armed Forces community past and present, and is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope.

    “The work of the Legion is as relevant and vital today as it was in the aftermath of the First World War when the charity was founded. The donation for your poppy will help the Legion support today’s Armed Forces community through hardships, injury and bereavements.

    “We’re encouraging people to dig deep for this year’s Poppy Appeal to help us raise £47 million. The Legion’s work is entirely dependent on the public’s generous support – so please wear your poppy with pride.”

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  13. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    As usual, AJEX will be at the Cenotaph this year on Sunday the 19th of November.

    AJEX Remembrance Service & Parade

    As mentioned elsewhere on the Forum, this will be the first parade since 1947 on which I will not be marching but I have managed to secure a seating place near the Cenotaph and will therefore be able to keep my eye on things :)

    Lest we forget !

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  14. Owen

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  15. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Shame on Wokingham Council !

    Lest we forget !

  16. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Seems a little lame of the council. I will be up at the Chindit Memorial on the Embankment this Sunday. Wonderful to be in such a location, in earshot of the Cenotaph Ceremony and the atmosphere of so many veterans all around.
  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Wokingham town centre is a bloody mess. Traffic is grim.
    I read on the FB page that the Remebrance Parade is cancelled due to public safety fears but the Winter Fair is going ahead. Maybe using a different bit of road ?
  18. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Enniskillen Poppy Day bomb memorial unveiled

    Enniskillen memorial uncertainty 'hurtful'

    Enniskillen Poppy Day bomb remembered
    Remembrance Sunday 1987 was a day that the people of Enniskillen would never forget.

    They bear the scars.

    It is exactly 30 years since the IRA bomb exploded at the cenotaph, shattering lives and future dreams.

    Later on Wednesday, families will once again gather, wreaths in hand, at the end of Belmore Street in the County Fermanagh town. They will remember not the dead of the wars, but those whom they loved and lost.

    Eleven people died and more than 60 were injured that 8 November morning in what became known as the Poppy Day bomb.


    War Memorial in Enniskillen, Belmore Street, Enniskillen, Fermanagh
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  19. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Nation falls silent for Armistice Day
    People observe a two minute silence at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire

    The Western Front Association's annual service of remembrance at the Cenotaph, Whitehall

    People gathered at the Cenotaph on Whitehall to observe a two minute silence

    The Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey

    A service of remembrance was held at the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

    Princess Anne paid tribute during the Last Post ceremony at Ypres Memorial in Belgium

    The sails of the Sydney Opera House are seen illuminated with red poppies

    French President Emmanuel Macron lays a wreath in front of the statue of Georges Clemenceau in Paris
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  20. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Two-minute silence marks Armistice Day
    A two-minute silence has been observed in Belfast to mark Armistice Day.
    It commemorates the moment the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War on the 11 November 1918.
    Silence fell at 11:00 GMT to remember servicemen and women killed in battle.
    A large number of people observed the silence at the remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph at Belfast's City Hall. The event was attended by the city's Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister and Tom Haire, the High Sheriff of Belfast.
    On Sunday, wreaths will be laid at Belfast's Cenotaph, and at Cenotaph's across the UK, as part of Remembrance Sunday.


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