Meghan and Kate they pay their respects at the Cenotaph

Deep in thought: Meghan follows Kate’s lead as she attends her first Armistice Day at the Cenotaph – but the two Duchesses observe the one-minute’s silence from separate balconies

  • The Duchess of Sussex, 37, attended her first Armistice Day at the Cenotaph
  • Meghan watched from a balcony as Prince Charles laid a wreath to the war dead 
  • The Duchess of Cambridge looked deep in thought – and at times nervous – as Britain fell silent to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War in 1918
  • Kate, dressed in a black coat with white collar, appeared to biting her bottom lip as she stood on a separate balcony with the Queen and Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge wore pensive expressions as they paid their respects – and watched wreathes laid – at the Cenotaph this morning.

It is the first time that the Duchess of Sussex, 37, has attended the official Armistice Day service at the Cenotaph and she was placed on a separate balcony to Kate, 36, who stood side-by-side with the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge.  

Meghan, who is expecting her first baby with Prince Harry in the Spring, looked pensive as she observed the one-minute’s silence to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. 

Wearing what is thought to be a black Givenchy coat with shoulder-cap detail and a black velour pill-box hat, Meghan wore her hair tied neatly back in a bun. 

On her coat, the Duchess of Sussex wore just one, single poppy.

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The Duchess of Sussex, looked pensive as she observed the one-minute’s silence at the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall this morning, her first appearance at the annual commemorative event

Dressed entirely in black bar the flourish of a red poppy, the Duchess of Sussex stood next to  Elke Büdenbender, the wife of the German president, as she attended the First World War Centenary commemoration event

Meghan cut a respectful figure dressed entirely in black, with low-key make-up and simple stud diamond earrings her only jewellery

Meghan, expecting her first child in the spring with Prince Harry, wore a single poppy to mark Britain’s war dead as she stood on the Foreign Office balcony

With their wives watching from above Prince William and Prince Harry – stood next to Prince Andrew (second from left) and Prince Edward (left) – fell silent before the Cenotaph in their full military uniforms

Nerves? At time the Duchess, in a black coat with shoulder-cap detail, played with her neatly-tied-back hair as she read from the official ceremony booklet. Right: Meghan looks down as the wreath-laying begins

Wearing a fitted black coat, thought to be by Givenchy, the royal, 37, showed the merest hint of a baby bump as she watched Prince Charles lay a wreath at the Cenotaph

Appearing nervous at times as she stood on the balcony of the Foreign Office, next to Elke Büdenbender, the wife of the German president, Meghan was seen playing with her hair as the wreath-laying service began. 

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge appeared on a separate balcony, standing side-by-side with the Queen and Camilla. 

The Queen, 92, asked Prince Charles to once again take on her duties as she observed the service from above.

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The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a military-style outfit, with silver buttons and a cream-collar for the sombre event. 

She wore a striking black velour hat tilted to the right, and cluster pearl earrings. The Duchess wore her hair french braided and then pinned neatly into a chignon. 

Wearing three paper poppies clustered, Kate also had a deep-red metal poppy brooch pinned to her coat.

The mother-of-three appeared emotional as Britain fell silent to remember its war dead, biting her lip at one point and looking straight ahead as the Reveille blasted out to mark the end of the silence.  

The pregnant Duchess, who announced her engagement to Prince Harry last December and married in May this year, raises her eyes to look straight ahead from her position in White

Meghan watches Britain’s war veterans, dignitaries, politicians and royal family from the Foreign office balcony

The Duchess of Cambridge, 36,  appeared emotional as she watched Princes Charles, William and Harry lay wreaths at the Cenotaph this morning

The Queen stood between Kate and the Duchess of Cornwall. At times during the minute’s silence, Kate appeared to bite her bottom lip

Kate, who opted for a military-style jacked, with silved buttons around her waistband and a white collar, looked deep in thought as she watched the politicians and members of the royal family below

The Duchess of Cornwall and Kate both wore a cluster of three paper poppies around a poppy brooch, while the Queen marked the occasion with a five-cluster of paper poppies and a diamond poppy brooch in white

The Prince of Wales led the rest of the nation in honouring the country’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday, taking the role historically held by his mother Queen Elizabeth for the second year in a row.

The Queen appeared comfortable in the companionship of Kate and Camilla, with Prince Philip absent from the occasion. The Duke of Edinburgh has rarely missed the commemorative event. 

Big Ben, which has been silent since renovations to the Elizabeth Tower began in August last year, struck at 11 o’clock to mark the hour the Armistice was signed.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined Prince Charles in laying wreaths as Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince Harry and Prince William looked on in full military uniform.   

Crowds started lining the Mall in central London early on Sunday morning ahead of a ‘people’s march’ this afternoon.

Wearing poppies and carrying wreaths, hundreds gathered from 9am to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent.

Big screens were erected so those waiting can view the Cenotaph service.

The march will proceed around St James’s Park before turning into Whitehall, where 10,000 people are expected to stream past the Cenotaph.

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