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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leads annual Remembrance Sunday tribute to war dead

  • Serving military and veteran personnel prepare to parade, as detachments from the Armed Forces march to the Cenotaph on Whitehall Sunday Nov. 8, 2015, for the annual Service of Remembrance in London.  Britain's Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at the monument, followed by other senior members of the Royal Family, The Prime Minister David Cameron, other political representatives, commonwealth representatives, Defence Chiefs along with His Majesty The King of The Netherlands Willem-Alexander, who also laid a wreath. (Sgt Rupert Frere / pool Crown Photo via AP)

    Serving military and veteran personnel prepare to parade, as detachments from the Armed Forces march to the Cenotaph on Whitehall Sunday Nov. 8, 2015, for the annual Service of Remembrance in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at the monument, followed by other senior members of the Royal Family, The Prime Minister David Cameron, other political representatives, commonwealth representatives, Defence Chiefs along with His Majesty The King of The Netherlands Willem-Alexander, who also laid a wreath. (Sgt Rupert Frere / pool Crown Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre, attends the annual Festival of Remembrance with Prince Philip, Prince William, right and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in London, England, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.  (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre, attends the annual Festival of Remembrance with Prince Philip, Prince William, right and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in London, England, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Royal Albert Hall for the Annual Festival of Remembrance, in London, England, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.  (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)

    Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Royal Albert Hall for the Annual Festival of Remembrance, in London, England, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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.