2014 marks the 100th anniversary of what was supposed to be 'The War to End All Wars', but sadly turned out as the First World War. Various parts of Europe, including Britain and Belgium, honoured the veterans and martyrs of the war that affected millions of lives.
In England, on Remembrance Sunday, Queen Elizabeth led the nation in remembering service personnel killed during the conflicts. The Queen laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Central London, before which a two-minute silence was observed.
Other members of the Royal Family, including Charles, Pronce of Wales, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, joined the Queen in laying wreaths.
This year also marks the completion of 70 years since the D-Day landings, and the year Britain withdrew from its combat role after fighting 13 years in Afghanistan, making the commemorations "particularly poignant", British Prime Minister David Cameron pointed out. There were veterans too wearing medals alongside families in jeans and trainers.
Events were held even in Afghanistan as well, where Prince Harry joined the troops in Kandahar in laying the memorial wreath with them, BBC reported.
Belgium's Queen Mathilde and King Philippe attended a concert performed by 39 choirs consisting of over 1,000 professional and non-professional singers at the Koekelberg basilica in Brussels. The singers came together for "Thousand Voices of Peace" from countries that were involved in the First World War and sang together as a homage for peace.