In pictures: Bomber Command Memorial

Second World War veterans from Britain and around the world descended on Green Park in Central London today to see the Queen unveil a memorial to tens of thousands of airmen who died in the conflict.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales attend the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Bomber Command Memorial in London's Green Park remembers the sacrifice and bravery of the RAF crew who played a crucial part in winning the War and faced death on a daily basis.

The Prince of Wales speaks with former members of WWII RAF Bomber Command.
The Prince of Wales speaks with former members of WWII RAF Bomber Command. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

More than 5,000 veterans and veterans' relatives joined the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family to remember the 55,573 RAF crew who lost their lives.

The Queen unveils the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London.
The Queen unveils the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Last Post was sounded and police made sure there was no distracting traffic passing to the rear of the memorial along Piccadilly as a silence was held.

A Lancaster bomber drops poppies over Green Park in central London.
A Lancaster bomber drops poppies over Green Park in central London. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

There was also a flypast by five RAF GR4 Tornado bomber aircraft crewed by the RAF, and another by the RAF's last flying Lancaster Bomber, which dropped poppies over the park as a message of remembrance for those who died.

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Bomber Command memorial

The Queen has unveiled a memorial to tens of thousands of airmen who died in the Second World War. The Bomber Command Memorial remembers the sacrifice of the RAF crew who played a crucial part in winning the War and faced death on a daily basis.