Sunday, November 8, 1998 Published at 12:57 GMT
Queen leads Remembrance service
The Queen and politicans remember the dead
The Queen has led the nation's mourning at the annual Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in London.
The silence ended with the firing of a gun from Horseguards Parade by the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, followed by the Last Post sounded by buglers of the Royal Marines.
They were watched by the Queen Mother, the Princess Royal and her husband Captain Timothy Laurence from a window at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
They were accompanied by other members of the government and former prime ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, John Major and Edward Heath.
He was followed by a line of high commissioners representing Commonwealth countries. Almost half a million soldiers from 45 former Commonwealth countries were killed in the two world wars.
Finally the chief of staffs of the three services and the representatives of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, the Merchant Air Service and the Civilian Services, went to pay their respects.
The Bishop of London conducted a short act of remembrance.
After the ceremony about 10,000 former servicemen and women marched past the Cenotaph.
Honouring the dead
Among those marching were a group of more than 100 veterans of the Falklands War in 1982.
Also joining the parade for the first time were a group of "Bevan Boys" - national service conscripts who during World War II were ordered to work as miners instead of joining the armed forces.
Hundreds of smaller wreath-laying ceremonies were also taking place at memorials across the country.
In Scotland, hundreds of former servicemen and members of the public gathered for the annual ceremony in George Square, Glasgow.
Following the two minute silence at 1100 GMT, officials laid wreaths at the Stone of Remembrance in memory of the war dead.
The victims of the Omagh bombing were mourned at a Remembrance Day service in the Co Tyrone town.
The names of the 29 people killed by the Real IRA bomb in August were read out by the President of the Omagh branch of the Royal British Legion, Roy Maguire, during a ceremony at the town's college of further education.
The 80th anniversary of the Armistice will also be marked on Wednesday when there will be the annual two-minute silence to commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the guns of World War I fell silent.
The Queen will be in France on that day to attend commemorations in Ypres and Paris.