Queen Elizabeth II led the nation on Sunday in Remembrance Sunday event at the Cenotaph, with Whitehall completely empty, unlike the normal situation where thousands will come together to pay their respects to the fallen heroes.
Britons were advised to stay back at home and mark the ceremony privately in their homes to avoid the risk of being exposed to the coronavirus while the Queen, 94, was accompanied by family members and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Remembrance Sunday ceremony saw in attendance the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex, who all laid wreaths with social distancing rules maintained although the event.
As the coronavirus was considered dangerous enough to prevent a usually 10,000 people who would have been present for the ceremony, a two minutes silence observation and sharing memories on social media was encouraged by the UK government for those who were at home.
The Sunday ceremony saw only 26 veterans in attendance unlike the usual thousands of veterans who would actively join the occasion.
There were servicemen and women from the royal navy, the royal marines, the army and the royal air force, who marched from nearby Wellington Barracks before forming around the Cenotaph.
The Massed Bands and the Guard Division and the Pipes and Drums beautified the occasion by playing a selection of music to add life to the ceremony which was done in a low key, as the Queen looked on from a balcony at the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office building while Charles laid the wreath on her behalf.
Mr Johnson was accompanied by Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer and former prime ministers Sir John Major, Tony Blair, David Cameron and Theresa May, with Johnson saying, “We come together every November to commemorate the servicemen and women from Britain and the Commonwealth who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
“In this time of adversity, no virus can stop us from honouring their memory, particularly when we have just celebrated the 75th anniversary of victory in the Second World War.”
The annual commemorations are done in remembrance of servicemen and women involved in the two world wars and later conflicts.