Remembrance Day Parade at The Cenotaph (Nov 2016)

Address:
, Whitehall, Westminster, London 51.502679 -0.126161
Dates & Time:
Whitehall opens to the public at 8 AM
The two minutes silence will begin at 11 AM
The parade takes place after 11 AM up to approx 12.30 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Free to watch from the street
See britishlegion.org.uk for more information
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Read The London Craig blog> Read Craig’s review  I’ve seen this ceremony myself. Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos.  Feel free to ask me a question about this event

On Remembrance Sunday the Queen and leading members of the Royal Family, together with the politicians and members of the military, will gather at The Cenotaph to honour those who have died in the service of our country.

Whitehall opens to the public from 8 AM, and you will have to pass through security scanners to get into the street. If you want the very best spots then you need to get there very early (preferably when it opens at 8 AM). It will likely be jam-packed by 9 AM.

At 10.15 AM the military bands will start to form up by The Cenotaph, and at 10.45 AM the Royals and leading politicians will come out of a building in Whitehall and form up to the north of The Cenotaph. (Note: The Queen does not parade down from Buckingham Palace, she simply comes out of a building in WHitehall.)

At 11 AM a two-gun salute will be fired from Horse Guards Parade to signal the start of a two-minute silence. Another gun salute will sound at 11.02 AM, together with the Last Post. The Queen and other dignitaries will then lay their wreaths at the foot of The Cenotaph and share in a short service of remembrance.

After the National Anthem has been played the Queen will head back inside the building at Whitehall, and a member of the Royal Family will take the salute from a parade of war veterans as they march past The Cenotaph. This line will constantly be replenished by the thousands of soldiers waiting patiently in Horse Guards parade ground. The parade doesn't go very far... it simply marches down to Parliament Square, turns right into Great George Street, and then back up Horse Guards Road to Horse Guards Parade again.

Craig has been to this parade himself and written a detailed review about what happens. He has also explained what time you need to get there to grab a decent spot (basically, straight away!). You can read his review on his blog.

Note: If you can't get a good spot to view the parade, then video screens are usually erected near the green outside the Ministry of Defence building, outside the Scotland Office, and also somewhere on the roadway.

If you enjoy military parades, then you might be interested in our guide to other military events in London. We also have a list of other parades and ceremonies.

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