Remembrance Sunday: Respects paid to war dead as services return across Wales

National commemoration for Wales held in Cardiff

Thousands of people across Wales have paid their respects to those who have lost their lives in conflict.

Remembrance Sunday services returned to their full size after being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic last year.

In 2020, places of worship were closed to the public and parades or marches were not allowed.

But this year, Welsh politicians led national commemorations at the Welsh National War Memorial in Cathays Park, Cardiff, where veterans and the public could attend.

It comes as the Queen missed the Remembrance Sunday service in London after spraining her back.

Buckingham Palace said the monarch made the decision not to attend the Cenotaph "with great regret" and is said to be deeply disappointed to miss it.

Figures from across the political spectrum joined commemorations in Cardiff.

In Cardiff, detachments from the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets and Cadet Forces marched past City Hall and along King Edward VII Avenue.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: "The remembrance period gives us all the opportunity to pay tribute to those who served our Armed Forces.

"As a government we recognise the sacrifices of those who have been lost in conflict, or suffered injury to ensure we have the freedoms we enjoy today.

"On Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, we pause and reflect on all those who lost their lives and who have sacrificed so much in defence of our values and freedoms."

Ex-servicemen and women attended the service to remember the fallen.

Antony Metcalfe, Area Manager Wales, The Royal British Legion said: "Remembrance Sunday is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.

"Since it was first worn as an act of remembrance just over 100 years ago, the poppy has become an enduring symbol of support for our Armed Forces, past and present.

"Remembrance is part of the fabric of our society, reminding us of our shared history and uniting people across all backgrounds, communities and generations.

"Throughout history the British Armed Forces have defended freedom and democracy in its hundredth year, the Royal British Legion is inviting the nation to remember their service and sacrifice."

The Band of the Royal Welsh and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh played the National Anthems of Wales and of Great Britain.

Members of the public were also invited to lay wreaths after the service.