Kate watched the ceremony from the balcony of the foreign office with the Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Lawrence. There was a very notable addition to the line-up this year, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who joined the royals to watch her husband King Willem-Alexander lay a wreath.
There was some doubt as to whether or not Máxima would be able to make it, as she was recently hospitalised after falling ill with a kidney infection during a state visit to China. It was wonderful to see her there and most importantly looking well.
Kate and Máxima chatting.
As the clock struck eleven, a two minute silence was observed. The silence represents the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, when the guns of Europe fell silent. The time is marked by the firing of a field gun on Horse Guards Parade.
'Every year, the two minute silence for the remembrance service on Whitehall is conducted with military precision. On Horse Guards Parade the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire their First World War guns to mark the start of the silence, and a Corps of Army Music bugler from the Household Division marks its end at precisely the same time that the guns fire again, 120 seconds later.'
Remembrance Sunday is marked on the second Sunday in November. It is the day traditionally put aside to remember those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.
This year marks a number of other significant anniversaries in the UK's military history, including the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
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Troops and veterans lining up for the service.
Her Majesty led the sombre service around the Cenotaph by laying a wreath.
Other members of the Royal family, including Prince Philip, Prince William, Prince Harry, The Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal also laid wreaths. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were absent from the event due to their tour of Australia and New Zealand.
King Willem-Alexander laid a wreath following an invitation from the Queen to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands after the second world war.
A look at the wreath.
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Prince William took the salute on Horse Guards Parade this year.
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The royals watching from the balcony.
Kate singing the national anthem.
The ceremony concluded with veterans and active military members marching past.
This year's service was shortened to limit standing time for the Queen and ageing veterans. More from the Telegraph:
'A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The format for this year's Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on November 8 has been reviewed." Consideration was given to whether the service format might allow the march-past of veterans to start earlier.
A number of veterans wait some time for the parade to move off, and then have a lengthy march to Horse Guards Parade.
This year, in order to allow the parade to get under way earlier, some members of the Royal family and political figures will lay their wreaths simultaneously.
These changes will be put in place by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport following discussion with the Royal Household.'
It marks the fifth consecutive year Kate has attended the event as a member of the Royal family. Below we see her in 2011 and 2012 in a DVF coat, in 2012 in the Temperley 'Noa' coat, and last year in Alexander McQueen.
Kate wore a new double breasted coat with velvet trim for the event.
It is very much believed the coat is a bespoke Alexander McQueen piece. Carly from Kate Middleton Style found the similar Velvet Trim Double Breasted Wool Coat at Lane Crawford retailing for £2,165. The heavyweight piece is described as "an utterly irresistible concoction of virgin wool and velvet, creating a dramatic standout look".
Susan from What Kate Wore noted the similarities between Kate's piece and the McQueen Patchwork Jacket.
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The amazing Anna identified Kate's hat as a bespoke piece by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. The Duchess accessorised with her Annoushka pearls and black suede Mulberry clutch.
The look was completed by poppies.
We conclude this portion of the post with 'In Flanders Fields'.
Lest we forget.
Also today, several readers have been in touch enquiring about the veracity of a story run by the Mail on Sunday reporting Kate is planning her own organic range. More from the article:
'The Duchess of Cambridge is working on a plan to get the nation hooked on her wholesome organic food recipes – and raise millions for charity at the same time.
Sources say Kate so loves growing organic vegetables at her Norfolk estate, Anmer Hall, she is preparing the ground for a food brand with an appropriate title such as Anmer Organics. A source says of Kate's plans: 'It's a concept for now but it will happen – just give it 18 months or so. And it's natural that it should do so. One day Prince William will want to have a profitable business attached to his estate to generate funds – both charitable and otherwise – just like his father does.
'It's also important for William to promote his home, Norfolk, in the same way that Charles promotes Cornwall with the Duchy range. You can just imagine the labelling – 'home-grown organic produce from Norfolk, home of Prince William'.
Indeed, it wouldn't be unheard of. Prince Charles's Duchy Originals company has over 200 products on the shelves of Waitrose, including bacon and jam, and has generated a sizeable income for his charities over the years. Is there any truth to the story? I'm on the fence with this one, as at present there are no royal reporters chiming in on the subject, and the reporter who wrote the story hasn't always been accurate in the past. Time will tell, but until we hear something official it may very well be simply fodder for the Sunday papers...
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