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Nicola Sturgeon leads 'particularly poignant' Remembrance Sunday service in Edinburgh

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Nicola Sturgeon has led Scotland's tributes by laying a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday and parade in Edinburgh earlier today.Hundreds of people gathered in the capital to honour the nation's war dead including the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh Robert Aldridge and the Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone.Members of the three branches of the Armed Forces marched down the Royal Mile before a short service took place outside the city chambers, led by Rev Calum MacLeod.

After the one o'clock gun was fired from Edinburgh Castle at 11am, a two-minute silence was observed.Ahead of the event, the First Minister said it was important to remember those who made the "ultimate sacrifice" to secure freedom.She said: "I think it is particularly poignant that people are gathering together to remember in large numbers, in a way that hasn't been possible for the last few years."Remembrance has continued during Covid but, of course, these big-scale events have not been possible.

There are very few now alive who remember first-hand the horrors of the Second World War. But the importance of remembrance is as strong as ever."Of course, this year we have seen the horror of a land war in Europe for the first time in many decades and that is a reminder of the horrors of war."In London, the King laid his wreath, its design a tribute to ones used by his late mother and grandfather George VI and it featured his racing colours, after buglers from the Royal Marines played the Last Post.The wreath was soon joined by others left by the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Wessex, and the Princess Royal, with the Queen Consort's assistant equerry, Captain Edward Andersen, laying her tribute.Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also paid

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