At 11am 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.
DCMS co-ordinates the arrangements for this event, alongside colleagues from across government, the Armed Forces and veterans’ organisations.
Attending and taking part
- 09:00: Royal British Legion (RBL) detachments form up on Horse Guards Parade and in Whitehall
- 10:00: All detachments march out from Wellington Barracks
- 11:00: Two minutes silence marked by the firing of guns from Kings Troop, on Horse Guards Parade. Cenotaph Service commences
- 11:25: Cenotaph Service concludes and RBL detachments disperse past the Cenotaph
No passes or tickets are required by members of the public, who can watch the ceremony from the pavements along Whitehall and Parliament Street. On the day, orders of Service are distributed on Whitehall by the Scouts to members of the public.
Whitehall is opened to the public at 8:00am. We advise members of the public to arrive early if they wish to secure a good viewing place. Those attending are advised not to bring suitcases or large bags as space is limited. Security in the area remains tight, so please ensure that you allow time to clear the police security procedures.
Temporary public toilets will be located in Whitehall Place. First aid facilities, provided by St John’s Ambulance, will be available at various locations along Whitehall, whilst their personnel will also be patrolling the area.
A space will be available for wheelchair users and other spectators who might find it difficult to view from the general public areas. This area is located 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 or guest per person will also be admitted and a toilet for the use of disabled people will be available nearby. DCMS volunteers will be present to assist.
There will be video screens north of the Cenotaph, near the green outside the main Ministry of Defence building, mounted outside the Scotland Office 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 2 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.