Britain has commemorated Armistice day with two minutes of silence beginning at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the time in 1918 when the guns of World War One fell silent across Europe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) People across the United Kingdom held a two-minute silence on Armistice day to commemorate Britain's war dead on Wednesday (November 11). As Big Ben chimed at 1100GMT, people stood in silence in the field of Remembrance at nearby Westminster Abbey to respect the fallen. Further down Whitehall, a soldier played the last post on the bugle by the Cenotaph. Crowds of people, many of them wearing symbolic poppies, stood in silence outside of the National Portrait Gallery on Trafalgar Square. Outside of London, Princess Anne laid a wreath at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire during a ceremony. In Liverpool, crowds gathered to respect the dead, ceramic poppies previously used in an installation at the Tower of London in 2014, had been placed on the steps of St George's Hall. Every year Britain observes the silence at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th year, to mark the moment when fighting stopped at the end of World War I in 1918.