MEMBERS of the royal family joined hundreds at the National Memorial Arboretum yesterday to mark the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were joined by Armed Forces Minister Bob Ainsworth MP at the memorial in Alrewas, Staffordshire.
Sunlight pierced the hilltop memorial as the two minutes’ silence was observed and the royal couple, with Mr Ainsworth and military figures including chairman of the Armed Forces Memorial Trustees, Vice Admiral Sir John Dunt, led the wreath-laying, accompanied by a piper.
Three hundred veterans, servicemen and women, friends, family and patriots crammed in for the service, while many watched from afar as three Tornados flew overhead. After the windswept band and gathering paid their respects with silence, prayers and fanfare, he gave the closing blessing.
He said: “God grant to the living grace, the departed rest, the Church, Queen and Commonwealth and all people, unity, peace and concord, and to us and all God’s servants, life everlasting.”
As Prince and Princess Michael toured the memorial members of the public laid their own wreaths.