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Remembrance Sunday - Poppy field

At 11 am on the second Sunday in November, the National Service of Remembrance is held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

We are responsible for co-ordinating the arrangements for this ceremony.

Attending and taking part
No passes or tickets are required by members of the public who can watch the ceremony from the pavements along Whitehall and Parliament Street. Orders of Service are distributed to members of the public wishing to take part.

Whitehall is opened to the public at 8 a.m. However it is advised that members of the public should arrive early if they wish to secure a good viewing place. Those attending are advised not to bring suitcases or large bags and to leave plenty of time for security searches at the entry points at either end of Whitehall.

Regular visitors to Remembrance Sunday may notice some changes to the viewing areas for this year’s ceremony.  This is because of an ongoing streetscaping project to protect and enhance the historic Whitehall/Parliament Street area.   The Whitehall Streetscape project has narrowed the roadway which means that the pavements are wider for most of the length of Whitehall and Parliament Street.  However, if you have a favourite viewing spot, the advice is still to get there as early as you can to secure it.  Vigilance in the area remains tight, so you need to allow time to clear the police security procedures so please leave time to allow for these.


Temporary public toilets will be located in Whitehall Place and first aid facilities, provided by St John’s Ambulance, will also be available at various locations along Whitehall and their personnel will also be patrolling the area. 

A limited space will be available for wheelchair users, their carers and other spectators who would find it difficult to view from the general public areas on the west side of Parliament Street, close to the junction with King Charles Street.  Space in this enclosure will be offered on a first come, first served, basis only.  One carer per person will also be admitted. DCMS volunteers will be available to assist and a toilet will be available nearby for the use of disabled people.

There will be video screens north of the Cenotaph, near the green outside the main Ministry of Defence building, mounted outside the Scotland Office (further to the north in Whitehall) and another on the roadway.

Photography is permitted, but the Metropolitan Police have powers to remove obstacles (such as camera tripods) where they obstruct public access or views. We ask spectators not to take photographs during the two minute silence when shutter noises can offend.

Those wishing to take part in the official march past should contact the Royal British Legion  which organises the march itself.


Remembrance Sunday 2009

The National Ceremony of Remembrance took place at the Centotaph, London, on Sunday 8 November.


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