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Boris Johnson posed for a selfie with veterans before joining members of the royal family and politicians for the Remembrance Sunday ceremony today.

The Prime Minister provided a glimpse of his personalised phone cover, which appeared to show his one-year-old son Wilfred and the family dog Dilyn, as he smiled for the camera and welcomed veterans at 10 Downing Street.

The scenes came just moments before the PM joined members of the royal family to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall as hundreds of military personnel and veterans lined up around the memorial.  

Earlier today Mr Johnson said the day was a moment to ‘come together to remember those who sacrificed everything in service of our country’ as he joined Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for the poignant service.  

Boris Johnson showed off his phone cover, which appeared to show his son Wilfred and dog Dilyn, as he posed for a selfie with veterans at 10 Downing Street today

Boris Johnson showed off his phone cover, which appeared to show his son Wilfred and dog Dilyn, as he posed for a selfie with veterans at 10 Downing Street today

Boris Johnson showed off his phone cover, which appeared to show his son Wilfred and dog Dilyn, as he posed for a selfie with veterans at 10 Downing Street today

Former prime ministers lined up behind Mr Johnson, with John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May also paying their respects.  

The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal also laid wreaths at the memorial.

But the Queen was forced to miss the ceremony today for the first time in 22 years due to a back injury.

Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old monarch made the decision on Sunday morning ‘with great regret’ and was ‘disappointed’ to miss the event.

Queen Elizabeth had planned on attending the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday and it would have marked her first in-person public engagement since she was advised to rest following a night in hospital last month.

It is understood the Queen’s back sprain is unrelated to her doctor’s recent advice to rest.

Buckingham Palace said: ‘The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph

‘Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.

‘As in previous years, a wreath will be laid on Her Majesty’s behalf by the Prince of Wales.

‘His Royal Highness, along with the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra will be present at the Cenotaph today as planned.’  

After Royal Marine buglers sounded the ‘The Last Post’ today Prince Charles, 73, laid the first wreath on the queen’s behalf, as he has done since 2017.

Boris Johnson joined Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for the poignant service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall today

Boris Johnson joined Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for the poignant service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall today

Boris Johnson joined Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for the poignant service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall today

The Prime Minster laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall as hundreds of military personnel and veterans lined up around the memorial

The Prime Minster laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall as hundreds of military personnel and veterans lined up around the memorial

The Prime Minster laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall as hundreds of military personnel and veterans lined up around the memorial

The PM said the day was a moment to 'come together to remember those who sacrificed everything in service of our country'

The PM said the day was a moment to 'come together to remember those who sacrificed everything in service of our country'

The PM said the day was a moment to ‘come together to remember those who sacrificed everything in service of our country’ 

Boris Johnson stands with former Prime Ministers Theresa May and David Cameron

Boris Johnson stands with former Prime Ministers Theresa May and David Cameron

Boris Johnson stands with former Prime Ministers Theresa May and David Cameron

Boris Johnson lays a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph

Boris Johnson lays a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph

Boris Johnson lays a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph

Service personnel attending the ceremony at the Cenotaph wished the Queen well.

Lance Corporal May Percival said: ‘My heart goes out to her and her family. I wish her well and the best.’

And RAF Nurse Officer Stephen Andor said: ‘I wish her well. The Queen has very strong links to the military. She is the head of the armed forces. I think that every single member of the military wishes her well.’ 

During the service today, minister of St Giles Cathedral Reverend Calum MacLeod read Binyon’s Lines: ‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them.’

Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh Frank Ross laid his wreath at the Stone of Remembrance followed by Ms Sturgeon and Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone MSP.

Meanwhile, Irish premier Micheal Martin laid a wreath to mark Remembrance Day at a service in Enniskillen.

Mr Martin continued a tradition begun by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 2012 by attending the commemorative event in the Co Fermanagh town.s.

He was joined by Northern Ireland Education Minister Michelle McIlveen. 

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster, a native of Enniskillen, attended the event in a private capacity.

She stood alongside relatives of those killed in the Poppy Day massacre of 1987, at the Clinton Centre, the location where the bomb that killed 12 people went off. 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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