'Letting us all down': Prince Harry flouts rules at important event

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"He is, however, a member of the Royal Family and at times his duties require him to don the uniform of a tied or associated regiment and does so with a beard, as did his great-great-grandfather before him". Her eldest son Charles instead stepped forward following a nationwide two-minute silence, placing a wreath of poppies at the monument close to parliament. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will attend the service.

The Centotaph ceremony is a poignant and significant event in the life of the nation which normally involves the Queen leading the country in remembering those who have died in world wars and other conflicts, so Charles' role in laying the wreath will be a significant moment.

Buckingham Palace announced the change, which is seen as part of a subtle shift of head-of-state duties from the Queen to the heir to the throne, last month.

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Prince Charles will lead the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph in London and Big Ben will chime at 11:00 GMT.

Earlier this year, Philip, 96, retired from his solo public duties, but on occasion has joined the Queen at her official engagements.

There was also praise for service personnel and civilian services who came to the aid of the injured in the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and in Manchester this year.

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Charles has stepped in for the Queen at the ceremony twice before - in 1983 when she was in Kenya and in 1999 when the monarch had travelled to South Africa.

There were special performances by Melanie C, Alfie Boe & Natalie Lowe, Emeli Sande and others all in tribute to the armed forces.

On Saturday, events were held around the United Kingdom to mark the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day with Big Ben chiming for the first time since August.

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The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Kent also laid wreaths.

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