Kate, 40, wrapped up warm in a black coat, which was adorned with three poppies, and a matching hat as she stood on the balcony alongside the Queen Consort, Camilla, 75, to watch King Charles, 73, and Prince William, 40, lay wreaths to pay respects to Britain’s war dead.
The mother-of-three paid tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana as she donned a pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings that once belonged to the royal. Diana wore the earrings on various occasions, including at a banquet for the Japanese Emperor Akihito in 1990 – and at a gala at the Palace of Versailles in 1994.
During the service, Charles placed a new poppy wreath incorporating a ribbon of his racing colours, with the design a tribute to the ones used by both his late mother and his grandfather George VI. Meanwhile Big Ben chimed eleven times at 11am, as it returned to service after years of maintenance and repair.
As Charles led the nation at the Cenotaph for the first time as King, the service was likely a poignant moment for the Royal Family. In a moving ceremony on Friday, the late Queen and her commitment to war veterans was remembered in an evening attended by members of the royal family including the Prince and Princess of Wales and Princess Anne.
The Princess of Wales cut a sombre figure as she attended the Remembrance Sunday service in London today, alongside other senior members of the Royal Family. Pictured, with The Queen Consort
Kate, 40, wrapped up warm in a black coat, which was adorned with three poppies, and a matching hat as she stood on the balcony alongside the Queen Consort, Camilla, 75, to watch King Charles, 73, and Prince William , 40, lay wreaths to pay respects to Britain’s war dead
At one point, the Queen Consort (left) and the Princess of Wales (right) were seen smiling at each other as they exchanged a word from their vantage point on the balcony
While their overall mood during the service was sombre, the two women – who are believed to enjoy a good relationship – were seen smiling at points
The Princess of Wales pictured arriving at the service with the Prince of Wales. Both appeared sombre during their journey
The King was clearly emotional as he stepped into the role the late Queen Elizabeth II counted as one of her most important public duties, pictured left. Pictured right: The Prince of Wales was the second person to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph, which bore the feathers of the heir apparent
At around 10:40am, the march past the Cenotaph paused temporarily while Scottish members of the UK’s armed forces, the Fourth Battalion of Highlanders, played the bagpipes, accompanied by drums.
At 10.58am, the military parade was brought to attention as King Charles III arrived. Big Ben rang eleven times to mark the beginning of the two minutes of silence, and a sombre hush fell over the crowd.
After the two minutes of prayer and reflection had ended, in an emotional tribute to those killed during the wars of the last century, members of the military played the Last Post.
King Charles III then laid his wreath and saluted to the Cenotaph on behalf of the nation. A wreath was then laid on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen Consort.
The Prince of Wales then proceeded to lay his wreath, complete with the feathers of the heir apparent. This was the wreath previously laid by his father. The wreath, bearing the colours of the Prince of Wales, also bears a brand-new ribbon in Welsh red.
The Princess of Wales (left) and Queen Consort watch on and join in the emotional service, the first since the death of the late Elizabeth II
Kate, 40, wrapped up warm in a black coat, which was adorned with three poppies, and a matching hat as she arrived
The Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal then laid a wreath, before one was laid on behalf of the Duke of Kent.
The military parade then stood at ease as music played and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer led the rest of the wreath-laying. They were followed by leader of the SNP Ian Blackford and leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey.
The service is being led by the Lord Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Elisabeth Mullally. She has held the role since 2018.
As well as the King and Queen Consort, many members of the royal family were in attendance this morning. This includes the Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Anne and Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex.
The Cenotaph in London, pictured moments before the arrival of King Charles III and the two-minute silence
Some 10,000 veterans and military personnel are involved in today’s march, which ends at the Cenotaph
The armed forces are watched as they parade past the Cenotaph by veterans and members of the public gathered for the occasion
Ian Blackford, Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak (L-R) hold their wreaths in preparation as they wait for the arrival of King Charles III
(Left to right) British former Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair’s wife Cherie Blair, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s his wife Akshata Murty, British former Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband Philip May and British former Prime Minister Liz Truss’ husband Hugh O’Leary attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony
Numerous former Prime Ministers including Liz Truss, Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron and Tony Blair are also there, some of whom are laying wreaths at the Cenotaph.
Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle also laid a wreath on behalf of the entire House of Commons.
The Queen, who died nine weeks ago at the age of 96, considered Remembrance Sunday, which commemorates the war dead, one of the most significant and important engagements in the royal calendar.
She first laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in 1945 when she was still a princess. The nation’s longest-reigning monarch, who lived through the Second World War as a teenager and was head of the armed forces, only missed seven Cenotaph services during her reign, including in 2021 due to a back sprain.