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.
Got a question? – Talk about this event
Craig’s review – “You have to be a bit brave to attend the Remembrance Day Parade because a week before the date comes round the papers will start churning out scary stories about terrorists wanting to blow up the Queen. This year it's all about ISIS (they are the bad boys at the moment). Before them it was Al Qaeda, and before them it was the IRA. Before them it was probably someone e… continued”
Read Craig’s review of this event
More parades · More Royal events · More military events · More free events · More events at Cenotaph