Wednesday, November 11, 1998 Published at 19:13 GMT
Last veterans remember their comrades
Wreaths were laid in memory of the millions who died
Heads of state, including Queen Elizabeth II, France's President Jacques Chirac and King Albert of the Belgians, took part in several ceremonies to remember about two million British and Commonwealth, French and Belgian troops who lost their lives between 1914 and 1918.
The service at the Arc de Triomphe marked the moment - at 11.00am (local time) on the 11th day of the 11th month - when the guns fell silent after four years and three months of almost incessant bombardment.
The Last Post was played, followed by the British and French national anthems.
She then bid farewell to Mr Chirac and travelled to the Belgian town of Ypres, which was virtually wiped out during the war.
Time to reflect
The final leg of the Queen's trip was to the Menin Gate in the centre of Ypres, where she attended a service of remembrance.
Five British and eight Canadian veterans - several of them in wheelchairs - watched as their national anthems were played.
Then Arthur Halestrap, a 100-year-old veteran of the trenches, read out the poem: "They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old... "
The most poignant moment of the day came as the veterans - many of whom will not be able to return to Ypres again - looked up as 55,000 poppy petals - one for each of the fallen soldiers whose graves are unmarked - fluttered to the ground.
Dressed in black
The Queen, wearing a black hat and coat decorated with poppies, and the Belgian king laid wreaths before bowing their heads in tribute.
Afterwards, the two monarchs met veterans, many of whom seemed to be overcome with emotion.
Site of the armistice
Earlier Mr Chirac visited the clearing in the forest of Compiegne, east of Paris, where allied and German military chiefs signed the armistice ending the war.
To honour allied veterans, France is giving its top award, the Legion of Honour, to the surviving soldiers.