The Queen's Tears For Fallen War Heroes On Remembrance Day
In a rare moment, the Queen has publicly shed a tear for heroes of war during a Remembrance Day service, as Australians, veterans and their families gathered across the country to mark the end of World War I.
Queen Elizabeth II was joined by royal family members Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and Meghan for a wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph memorial central London on Sunday.
Prince Charles laid the first wreath on behalf of the Queen, who watched from a balcony as she appeared to wipe away tears.
Britain held its remembrance memorial services and tributes on Sunday while Australia marked the event on Monday morning.
At the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month, Australians, veterans and their families gather across the country to mark the end of World War I.
Today marks 101 years since the Armistice was signed to end the war.
This time marks when Germany signed a truce in France in 1918, ending the First World War - which was then hoped to be "the war to end all wars".
The conflict claimed the lives of more than 60,000 Australians and it's estimated that more than 150,000 were wounded or taken prisoner. 416,000 people enlisted in that war.
Remembrance Day services are being held across the country today to honour all men and women who have served in past conflicts, and those still serving, including Australian troops still on active duty in Afghanistan.
A minute's silence is marked to commemorate the nation's fallen servicemen and women.
Among other countries that recognise Remembrance Day are Canada, New Zealand, Belgium, France and the United States, where it is called Veterans Day.
Australia Remember The Fallen
Former Australian Army general and one-time chief of the defence force, David Hurley delivered his first Remembrance Day address at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as governor-general.
Hurley used his speech to honour Cecil Healy, the nation's only Olympic gold medallist to have died at war.
"Cecil Healy had no love of the military," he said of the swimmer.
"No desire to fight. But he recognised that his values and his freedom was threatened.
"Reluctantly, he chose to serve, fully understanding the risk contained in that decision.
"In that, he is an example to us today."
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, acting for Prime Minister Scott Morrison, laid a wreath and recited poetry to mark the fallen.
In South Australia, more than 200 school students honoured the country's war heroes at a special service.
Set under the Cross of Sacrifice and among more than 4000 war graves, a service took place at the Australian Imperial Forces section of Adelaide's West Terrace Cemetery. A red poppy was placed at each gravesite ahead of the service.
Earlier today, Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson told the ABC that those battling the country's bushfires were also in his thoughts.
Is Australia's Support For Remembrance Day Fading?
Eighty-five years after the unveiling of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, the nation's support for Remembrance Day appears to be fading.
The Victorian government on Sunday kicked off its pre-election commitment to run weekly Last Post services but fewer people are attending these ceremonies, according to Flinders University historian Dr Romain Fathi.
"Since the 2000s, crowds at official Remembrance Day state services have rarely exceeded a few hundred," Dr Fathi told AAP.
"By contrast, those attending Anzac Day services are counted by the thousands and recently, the tens of thousands."
Amid conversations about the role of Remembrance Day in the national identity, data from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute shows that homelessness among veterans is two and a half times higher than for the general population.
- With AAP