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The two minutes silence I The early years I The national ceremony I The laying of wreaths I The service I The march past

Her Majesty then lays a wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph and bows, followed one by one, by other adult members of the immediate Royal Family, who bow if in civilian dress, or salute if in military uniform. The Royal Family lay their wreaths in silence. Once this is completed, the parade is ordered to Stand at Ease and the massed bands strike up Beethoven's Funeral March. The Prime Minister, the leader of the Opposition and leaders of other political parties then lay wreaths, followed by the High Commissioners of the nations of the Commonwealth, followed by the Chiefs of Staff of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, then the representatives of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, the Merchant Air Service and the Civilian Services alternately represented by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary or the Chief Inspector of Fire Services. 


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