Kenya and the UK remember the fallen on Remembrance Sunday

The Remembrance Sunday service at Nanyuki War Cemetery. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Britain and Kenya stood side by side today as the Commonwealth countries remembered the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Services took place across Kenya at venues including the Nairobi War Cemetery, the Mbaraki War Cemetery in Mombasa and at the Nanyuki War Cemetery.

As last year, UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey attended a service at Nairobi’s Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery where he and the Defence Attache laid wreaths on behalf of UK.

Remembrance Sunday is held in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations as a day to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

Posting on their Twitter page, the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) said: “Thank you to all those who came to pay their respects on this important day.”

Nairobi Commonwealth War Cemetery 2017
Remembrance Sunday at the Nairobi Commonwealth War Cemetery. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

In London, the Queen, and members of the Royal Family, attended the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph. Her Majesty watched from a balcony of the nearby Foreign and Commonwealth Office, alongside The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess of Cornwall.

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.

Spectators, servicemen and women, senior royals and politicians stood for a two-minute silence at 11am (UK time) as wreaths were laid at the foot of the Whitehall memorial.

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

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