Cameron and PM apologise over Remembrance Day photo-ops

Author: By James Tapsfield, PA

The leaders said sorry after the Dean of Westminster Abbey rebuked them for
their behaviour at the service to mark the passing of Britain’s last First
World War troops.

The event at the centre of the row took place on November 11, and was led by
the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Mr Cameron reportedly arrived with his own photographer, and had his picture
taken in the Abbey garden inspecting tributes to the fallen.

The Prime Minister was then said to have asked to be photographed with his
wife Sarah in the same place.

The head of communications at the Abbey, Duncan Jeffrey, told the Mail on
Sunday he had raised concerns with aides to the leaders.

“I pointed out that if people wished to take pictures in the Field of
Remembrance then we would prefer to be notified in advance,” he said.

Officials acting for the Very Reverend Dr John Hall are also reported to have
sent formal complaints.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “Following the service at the Abbey that
morning, the Prime Minister expressed a desire to visit the Field of
Remembrance, as an appropriate way to recognise those who have made the
ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.

“We apologised for any inconvenience caused by this late change of the
programme.”

A Conservative Party spokesman said: “The decision to take photos was at the
last minute, and permission was sought from officials in charge of the field
of remembrance.

“We apologise for any misunderstanding and have given assurances that it won’t
happen again.”

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