The Prime Minister, along with Labour boss Jeremy Corbyn, attended a special service at St Margaret’s Church in Westminster this afternoon
THERESA May has led politicians in remembering those who died in World War One, which ended almost 100 years ago to the day.
The Prime Minister, along with Labour boss Jeremy Corbyn, attended a special service at St Margaret’s Church in Westminster this afternoon.
Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords gathered to remember the sacrifices of Parliamentarians, officers and staff who gave their lives during the war.
Mrs May and Mr Corbyn sat next to each other for the service in the 12th Century church which nestles in the shadow of Westminster Abbey.
Commemoration events are taking place this week as the nation prepares to mark the centenary of WWI on Remembrance Sunday.
Commons Speaker John Bercow was among those who addressed the congregation as he read out the words then prime minister Lloyd George had said on November 11, 1918, as he called on fellow Parliamentarians to join him for a service at St Margaret’s.
He said: “I hope we may say that thus, this fateful morning, came to an end all wars.”
As the final notes of a haunting rendition of The Last Post dissolved away, silence fell upon the church as MPs and Peers remembered the war dead, including, Parliamentarians, and parliamentary officers and staff.
The First World War saw 264 MPs serving in the forces, with 22 being killed. In the Lords, 323 Peers went to war, with 24 dying in the conflict.
Mrs May touched a wreath that had been placed on the steps of the alter, and at one point in the service knelt.
The Labour leader laid his own wreath, and the service ended with the singing of the national anthem
The Prime Minister is due to take part in Armistice commemorations in Belgium and France later this week, before laying a wreath on the Cenotaph on Sunday.
Prince Charles will once again lead Remembrance Day services in Whitehall on Sunday as Britain commemorates the 100th anniversary of end of the war.
For the first time, a German leader will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph with president Frank-Walter Steinmeier performing the duty, in a historic act of reconciliation.
The World War One centenary has seen the Imperial War Museums (IWM), Commonwealth War Graves and Poppy Appeal organisers promote four years of historical events across the UK, and numerous other countries around the world.
The First World War Centenary Partnership led by IWM grew a network of over 3,900 not-for-profit organisations from 62 countries including museums, archives, libraries, universities, performing arts groups, schools and community groups.
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