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Old 11-12-2017, 02:53 AM
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The Duke of Gloucester attended a Remembrance Service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire yesterday, November 11:


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Old 11-12-2017, 03:49 AM
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The Festival of Remembrance was perfect as ever, but it was a long seat to watch. I would recommend to shorten it, to make it less swollen and pompous and let the youth be more involved. Also the very thick sauce of the Church of England over the proceedings maybe is food for thought.

The UK is one of the most secularized states in Europe, the population is more multi-ethnic and multi-religious (or not religious at all) as ever before. Then rasing a "battlefield altar" in Albert Hall and singing the one Christian hymn after the other with an Anglican bishop in full ornate saying prayers and give a blessing looks like the Remembrance is stil in modus 1958.

What about Her Majesty's most loyal servicewomen and -men who are Sikh, Hindu, agnostic, Muslim, purely secular, Catholic, Humanist or whatever? I hope that the festival -as perfect and spotless the execution was- will find a more inclusive formula.
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Old 11-12-2017, 07:21 AM
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Galleries from this morning

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Old 11-12-2017, 07:23 AM
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Clarence House‏Verified account @ClarenceHouse 5m5 minutes ago

The Prince of Wales lays a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them. #RemembranceSunday
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We will remember them: Kate, Queen and Theresa May pay tribute as Prince Charles lays Cenotaph wreath for the first time while Britain falls silent to remember our war dead
  • Charles led out the royals on Remembrance Sunday as he laid the head of state's wreath for the first time
  • He was joined on Whitehall by Prince William, Harry and Andrew as they also laid tributes to Britain's war dead
  • The Queen and newly-retired Prince Philip watched proceeding from a balcony of the Foreign Office
  • Also watching from a balcony was the Duchess of Cambridge alongside Sophie, Countess of Wessex
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ce-Sunday.html
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:31 AM
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Prince Philip really looked frail and leaned up against the wall a lot. Must’ve been cold too. Everyone got a glimpse of what it will look like when King Charles lead the nation at the Cenotaph.
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:35 AM
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Whilst it was potentially a big change in the fact the Queen did not lay her own wreath it was in many ways as if very little had changed, the same number of wreaths were laid down, the same people as normal present. As expected the Queen, Philip and Camilla took the centre balcony, Alexandra Catherine and Sophie on another, the Gloucesters and Tim Laurence on the other. I have to say, and I know its not the thread for a long discussion about it but Philip did seem really old for, IMO the first time. I completely understood why he wasn't laying his own wreath.
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:40 AM
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Queen Elizabeth. What memories can she have.....

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Old 11-12-2017, 09:23 AM
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Very poignant
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Old 11-12-2017, 10:10 AM
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BBC article with video:
Remembrance Sunday: UK events mark the nation's war dead - BBC News
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Politicians, members of the Royal Family and veterans are commemorating those who lost their lives in conflict as the UK marks Remembrance Sunday.

A two-minute silence was held across the country and wreaths were laid at memorials.

Prince Charles attended the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph in London and Big Ben chimed at 11:00 GMT.

The Queen did not lay a wreath but instead watched from the Foreign Office's balcony.

The only other occasions when she has not laid the wreath were when she was pregnant or abroad.
ITV article:
Prince Charles lays Queen's wreath at Remembrance Sunday service - ITV News
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Prince Charles has laid the Queen's wreath at a Remembrance Sunday service today, as he led the service in what is a break in Royal tradition.

It is thought to be the first time the monarch has not performed the symbolic duty when present at the Whitehall Cenotaph service, and is being seen as an example of the subtle shift of head of state duties from the Queen to the heir to the throne.
Article from ITV's Royal Editor Chris Ship:
Today's Remembrance marks significant moment in Royal family's history - ITV News
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Never before in her long reign has the Queen come to the Cenotaph on Whitehall and not walked up the stone steps of the Cenotaph to place a wreath.

She has missed the ceremony before.

She was absent when pregnant and when overseas tours took her somewhere else.

But today she will lead the service from a balcony overlooking Whitehall.

It’s a position her own mother used to use.

Today, as the Queen Mother once did, the Queen will watch as members of her family lay their wreaths.

The Queen’s will be laid on her behalf by her son, the Prince of Wales.

Given the length of the service on an often cold November morning, and the steps which have to be navigated backwards, it will be a surprise to many that the 91 year old Monarch did not decide to do this many years before.
ITN video:
The Prince of Wales has led the nation in honouring the country's war dead on Remembrance Sunday, as the Queen observed the service from a balcony. The Queen asked Charles to lay her wreath at the Cenotaph, in what is believed to be the first time the monarch has broken with tradition and not performed the symbolic duty when at the Whitehall service.
https://itnproductions.com/news/vide...ation?type=raw

Sky News article with video:
https://news.sky.com/story/remembran...-dead-11123476
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The Queen watched on for the first time in her 65-year reign as Prince Charles led Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

In a break with tradition, Prince Charles laid the head of state's wreath at the base of the monument shortly after a two-minute silence at 11am.

The Queen stood with the Duke of Edinburgh and Duchess of Cornwall on a Foreign Office balcony to observe the silence and watch the service.

The change of protocol is seen as one of the Queen's most significant handovers of Royal responsibilities to the heir to the throne.
Telegraph article with video:
Remembrance Sunday: Queen watches Whitehall service from balcony for first time as Prince Charles lays her wreath
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The Prince of Wales has led the nation in honouring the country's war dead on Remembrance Sunday, as the Queen observed the service from a balcony.

The Queen asked Charles to lay her wreath at the Cenotaph, in the first time the monarch has broken with tradition and not performed the symbolic duty while in attendance at the Whitehall service.

A two-minute silence took place at 11am and wreaths were laid at the foot of the Whitehall memorial by senior royals and political leaders including Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
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Old 11-12-2017, 10:37 AM
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Compared to the photos of the Albert Hall event last night I do think Prince Philip looked 'frail' today but I am hoping it was just his attitude for three reasons - it would have been cold, I expect he felt sad that he wasn't laying a wreath and the event itself - it's a solemn occasion. That really is my hope anyway!
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Old 11-12-2017, 10:42 AM
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In London today the cold is best described as 'perishing'...I also hope that is the reason the DoE looked quite so frail.
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:14 PM
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Prince Charles attends the Welsh Guards' Remembrance Sunday service at Guards Chapel on November 12, in London. The Prince of Wales has been the Colonel of the Welsh Guards since 1975.

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Old 11-12-2017, 02:23 PM
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Thank you everyone for sharing these wonderful pictures. It is a concern though about DoE as we all ponder “how is he really”.
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Old 11-12-2017, 02:52 PM
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Just by reading things that have been posted here, one thing we know is that the DoE is not idly sitting in front of a fire day in and day out. He's been out and active carriage driving, attending meetings and appearing at the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph. If you ask me, I think Philip is doing remarkably well for a person approaching his 97th birthday next June.

Age always will take its toll on the body but one thing we can be assured of is that Philip will always be the sort of person that will live his life to the fullest as well and as long as he can. You just can't keep a good man down.
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Old 11-12-2017, 02:56 PM
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Just by reading things that have been posted here, one thing we know is that the DoE is not idly sitting in front of a fire day in and day out. He's been out and active carriage driving, attending meetings and appearing at the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph. If you ask me, I think Philip is doing remarkably well for a person approaching his 97th birthday next June.

Age always will take its toll on the body but one thing we can be assured of is that Philip will always be the sort of person that will live his life to the fullest as well and as long as he can. You just can't keep a good man down.
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Old 11-12-2017, 02:57 PM
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He was driving a team of horses a week ago and that takes some strength. So he can't be too frail.


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Old 11-12-2017, 03:07 PM
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I don't think there was anything on show today that wasn't just old age. I brought up about him looking older not because of some worry he was about to keal over but more because I haven't seen pics of him for sometime. Also, after all the talk about the Queen not laying a wreath etx today, seeing them both standing watching the parade on the first very cold day of the season made me realise fully all the talk about changes to the normal routine were based around trying to accommodate two people older than any of my grandparents who wouldn't willingly go out into the cold and be walking backwards down steps! Philip is likely in as good a health, if not better than, than can be expected for someone of his age.

On a separate note, did the BBC not show the arrival of the Queen into the Royal Box at the Festival of Remembrance? Don't they usually? I caught the first bit of the BBC broadcast and it seemed off to me, I thought they usually showed the Queen entering the Royal Box but I could be wrong.
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Old 11-12-2017, 03:31 PM
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I thought they usually showed the Queen entering the Royal Box but I could be wrong.
I think it is on public record that HMQ has had some difficulty with stairs for a while. So not showing her on them, may now be [sensible]policy ?
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Old 11-12-2017, 03:51 PM
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Theater stairs are particularly tricky because there isn’t handrail a lot of places and the angle can be quite steep.
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the angle can be quite steep
Obviously I don't know about those in the Royal Box [!] but the steps into the auditorium at the Albert Hall ARE vertiginous...
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