King leads Remembrance Day service day after far-right violence near Cenotaph – latest

The government said the monarch will 'unite the nation' today.

King leads Remembrance Day service day after far-right violence near Cenotaph – latest
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/Shutterstock (14202777m) King Charles III lays his Remembrance wreath National Service of Remembrance, London, UK - 12 Nov 2023
King Charles III lays his Remembrance wreath (Picture: Tim Rooke/Shutterstock)

King Charles is leading Remembrance Sunday services at the Cenotaph today, a day after protests and clashes erupted in London.

About 300,000 pro-Palestinian protesters marched to call for a ceasefire yesterday in the biggest UK rally since the Israel-Hamas war began.

But of the 126 people arrested on Armistice Day, the ‘vast majority’ were far-right counter-protesters who clashed with police near the Cenotaph shortly after a two-minute silence was held.

Footage showed the group described by police as ‘largely football hooligans’ bursting through a cordoned-off area.

Rishi Sunak said of the conflicts: ‘What we have seen today does not defend the honour of our armed forces, but utterly disrespects them.’

The King kick-started the Remembrance Day service at 11am as royals, politicians and the nation gathered around the Cenotaph in sorrowful yet proud remembrance.

The Metropolitan Police has been under pressure to prevent disruption today with on-duty officers in the capital double the usual amount.

At least 1,375 officers are expected today and the Cenotaph has a dedicated 24-hour police presence.