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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) stands with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (L) as he attends the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London, on November 9, 2014. Services are held annually across Commonwealth countries during Remembrance Day to commemorate servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since World War I. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry salutes after he placed a cross of remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the graves of unknown British soldiers from the first and second World Wars, as he visited the Westminster Field of Remembrance in London, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Members of the British royal family led by Queen Elizabeth II, politicians and members of the armed forces, the clergy and foreign diplomats gather around the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony on Whitehall, London, on November 9, 2014. Services are held annually across Commonwealth countries during Remembrance Day to commemorate servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since World War I. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
The London eye is lit up red reflected in the river Thames in the early morning on Remembrance Sunday in central London on November 9, 2014. Queen Elizabeth was to lead Britain in paying silent tribute to the Commonwealth war dead on Remembrance Sunday, a century on from the start of World War I. The 88-year-old monarch was to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph national war memorial in London, accompanied by senior members of the royal family and prime ministers past and present. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leads the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London, on November 9, 2014. Services are held annually across Commonwealth countries during Remembrance Day to commemorate servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since World War I. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry places a cross of remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the graves of unknown British soldiers from the first and second World Wars, as he visited the Westminster Field of Remembrance in London, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Britain's Prince Harry smiles as he meets veterans from past and more recent conflicts, as he visited the Westminster Field of Remembrance in London, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Britain's Prince Harry meets veterans from past and more recent conflicts, as he visited the Westminster Field of Remembrance in London, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Britain's Prince Harry places a cross of remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the graves of unknown British soldiers from the first and second World Wars, as he visited the Westminster Field of Remembrance in London, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthew Lloyd, Pool)
A leaf lies on crosses planted by The Royal British Legion in a Field of Remembrance, after heavy rain in London, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. The Westminster Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey, pays tribute to all the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces since the First World War, it will be officially opened on Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Crosses are seen planted by The Royal British Legion in a Field of Rememberence, after heavy rain in London, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. The Westminster Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey, pays tribute to all the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces since the First World War, it will be officially opened on Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Prince Harry visits the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Prince Harry greets veterans and servicemen during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 6, 2014 in London, England. The first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 1928. That year only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted, but it began a tradition that took root and has grown and grown over the decades. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Prince Harry greets veterans and servicemen during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 6, 2014 in London, England. The first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 1928. That year only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted, but it began a tradition that took root and has grown and grown over the decades. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Prince Harry pauses in front of a Cross of Remembrance during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 6, 2014 in London, England. The first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 1928. That year only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted, but it began a tradition that took root and has grown and grown over the decades. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Prince Harry greets veterans and servicemen during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 6, 2014 in London, England. The first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 1928. That year only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted, but it began a tradition that took root and has grown and grown over the decades. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
King Philippe of Belgium lays a wreath of poppies during the opening of the new Flanders Field WW1 Memorial at the Wellington Barracks in London, on November 6, 2014. The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden has been created with soil taken from the 70 battlefields and Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries in Flanders, Belgium. AFP PHOTO / JOHN STILLWELL/POOL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Prince Harry greets veterans and servicemen during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 6, 2014 in London, England. The first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 1928. That year only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted, but it began a tradition that took root and has grown and grown over the decades. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Prince Harry salutes in front of a Cross of Remembrance during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 6, 2014 in London, England. The first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 1928. That year only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted, but it began a tradition that took root and has grown and grown over the decades. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie, Countess of Wessex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. People across the UK gather to pay tribute to service personnel who have died in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, with this year taking on added significance as it is the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), watches proceedings next to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) from a balcony during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London, on November 9, 2014. Services are held annually across Commonwealth countries during Remembrance Day to commemorate servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since World War I. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge salutes the Cenotaph as his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on a balcony above looks on during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 9, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. People across the UK gather to pay tribute to service personnel who have died in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, with this year taking on added significance as it is the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. (Photo by Jamie Wiseman - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) - Queen Elizabeth II honored fallen soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth Sunday in a dignified ceremony at the heart of central London.

The 88-year-old monarch placed a poppy-laden wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph, built after World War I to remember those who lost their lives.

Large crowds, including a leather-lunged enthusiast who managed to shout "Hooray" loudly enough to be picked up by national television, thronged the surrounding streets on a cold, clear day in the capital.

The annual ceremony remains a national focal point, much as it was when Elizabeth was a young princess. There is the mournful symphonic music, the march of around 10,000 veterans, and the sense that Britain and much of the Commonwealth has come to a halt to recognize those who have lost their lives in battle.

Prime Minister David Cameron called this year's event particularly poignant because 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. He also cited the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the conclusion of Britain's military operations in Afghanistan.

The pageantry harkens back to the days of the British Empire, even as contemporary losses of British personnel in Afghanistan are sadly noted.

Elizabeth, dressed in black, bowed her head after she placed the wreath at the Cenotaph, built after World War I to recognize soldiers killed in action. She spent more than a half hour standing motionless as the ceremony unfolded.

The queen was followed to the Cenotaph by her husband, 93-year-old Prince Philip, who saluted after placing his wreath. The Royal Navy World War II veteran wore a ceremonial uniform. Next came Prince Charles, also a veteran, and Prince William, who served as a military helicopter rescue pilot, and other royals.

William's pregnant wife Kate and Charles' wife Camilla watched from a nearby balcony. Both wore black.

The royals were followed by Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and opposition leader Ed Miliband, whose future as leader of the Labour Party has come under challenge in recent days.

Next came politicians and dignitaries from Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland.

The ceremony took place amid increased security concerns because of recent terrorism-related arrests and a nationwide terror threat assessed to be "severe."


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British actress Kate Winslet displays her CBE, for services to drama, which was awarded to her by Queen Elizabeth II, during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London, Wednesday Nov. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/ John Stillwell/Pool)
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LONDON - JUNE 02: Actor Patrick Stewart arrives to receive a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham PalaceJune 02, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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British actress Kate Winslet poses with her neck badge after being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on November 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Dame Elizabeth Taylor, right, stands with Dame Julie Andrews, the star of the movies Mary Poppins and Sound of Music, after they both received the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony held in Buckingham Palace, London, Tuesday, May 16, 2000. (AP Photo/Michael Dunlea/POOL)
Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta Jones, right, and her husband Michael Douglas, with their children Dylan and Carys, arrive at Buckingham Palace in London where Catherine Zeta Jones will be invested with the royal award as a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales, Thursday Feb. 24, 2011. The Welsh-born actress who became an Oscar-winning star will receive the honour for services to the film industry and to charity. (AP Photo / Lewis Whyld)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) shakes hands with Dame Helen Mirren (R) during a performing arts reception to celebrate young people, at Buckingham Palace, in central London on May 9, 2011. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Dominic Lipinski (Photo credit should read Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Angela Lansbury displays the insignia of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire that she received from His Royal Highness the Prince Charles at the residence of the British Consul in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 31, 1994. (AP Photo/Lois Bernstein/Pool)
Queen Elizabeth II meets Sir Elton John backstage as British singer Robbie Williams (R) watches during the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London, on June 4, 20112. A chain of more than 4,200 beacons began to flare across the globe Monday to mark Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee, with the last to be lit by the monarch at a star-studded concert at Buckingham Palace. AFP PHOTO / Dave Thompson /POOL (Photo credit should read Dave Thompson/AFP/GettyImages)
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, is greeted by England and Manchester United soccer captain David Beckham, right, at a reception prior to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, Thursday July 25, 2002. Others are unidentified.(AP Photo/Phil Noble/pool)
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FILE--Britain's Queen Elizabeth and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney watch a performance by students at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in this June 7 1996 file photo. Paul McCartney is to receive a Knighthood at an Investiture cermony conducted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace later Tuesday March 11 1997.(AP Photos/PA, File) **UNITED KINGDOM OUT**
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