Britons have paused for a moment's silence to remember the country's war dead as Queen Elizabeth II leads an annual Remembrance Sunday service in London.

The monarch was joined by other royals, senior politicians, and hundreds of veterans and well-wishers at the solemn ceremony, held every November at the Cenotaph war memorial in the capital.

The queen laid the first wreath of red poppies at the foot of the monument Sunday, followed by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who was invited this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of his country following the end of World War II.

The service takes place every year on the 11th hour on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary of the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.