Royal family attend poignant service at Westminster Abbey commemorating centenary of First World War Armistice

Britain's royal family was joined by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday to remember those killed and wounded in conflict, with millions falling silent for two minutes to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Prince Charles led the nation in the day of remembrance, laying a wreath for his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who watched the ceremony at the cenotaph memorial in London from the balcony of Britain's foreign ministry. Prince Philip was absent from the service.

Events to mark the end of the Great War have been taking place across Britain and around the world, with President Emmanuel Macron leading tributes in France alongside U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of monarchs, princes, presidents and prime ministers.

For the first time, Steinmeier followed Prince Charles in laying a wreath in what the government said was an historic act of reconciliation.

Princes William and Harry, Prime Minister Theresa May and leader of the opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, who was criticized by some on social media for wearing a raincoat, also lay wreaths.

The royal family later attended a service of remembrance at Westminster Abbey.  The Queen was joined by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.

Also present at the service were Prime Minister Theresa May, who gave a reading, and President Steinmeier.

During the service, the Dean of Westminster Dr John Hall prayed for the day when 'aggression between peoples and nations is transformed into friendship and collaboration'.

Following the service, a beacon was lit at the abbey - one of over a thousand being lit across the UK to symbolise the light of peace after the darkness of war.