LONDON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at a memorial in London Sunday, leading services observing Remembrance Day throughout the United Kingdom.
More than 7,000 military veterans marched with civilians past the Cenotaph in London and 2 minutes of silence were observed, the BBC reported.
"When we bow our heads in reflection, we remember those who fought for our freedom during the two world wars, but we also mourn and honor those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts," Lt. Gen. Sir John Kiszely of the Royal British Legion said at the commemoration.
Similar ceremonies were held in Cardiff, Wales; Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland, among other cities across Great Britain.
Anti-war campaigners laid white wreaths and wore white poppies instead of the traditional red.
"Lots of people will be wearing red poppies and laying red wreaths ... but we also think that people have the right to wear white poppies and lay white wreaths as a way of saying the waste of life that has occurred in the past should not occur in the future," Chris Nineham of the Stop the War Coalition told the BBC.