Cenotaph key dates

Good afternoon,

The Royal British Legion has been responsible for the Cenotaph Dispersal since 1927. Each year on Remembrance Sunday, the parade forms up in contingents on Horse Guards Parade prior to moving onto Whitehall and subsequently paying their respects at the Cenotaph.

This year the annual Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Sunday, 8th November.

In accordance with Her Majesty’s Government’s plans for this year’s ceremony, the number of spaces on the Veterans’ Parade will remain limited at 10,000 places. We cannot guarantee your branch will receive the number of tickets that you initially apply for. Our intent remains to seek as broad a representation of the veteran community as is possible.


Members wishing to take part in the dispersal must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Military or civilian men and women from the UK and the Commonwealth who served the Crown on Military Operations
  • Wives, husbands or civil partners of those who died as a result of their service in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces
  • A carer of a veteran requiring wheelchair assistance

Regrettably, the carer accompanying the veteran must be included within the 10k cap; where appropriate, the option of one veteran assisting another for the duration of the Dispersal should be considered.


The key dates for 2020 are as follows:

5 June:

Please submit your expression of interest for your branch. Any application received after the due date will not be accepted. Please state how many tickets your branch would like, at this stage names and further details are not required.

10 August:

Individual participant information will be required at this stage

1 September:

Application process will re-open to register additional participants if vacancies exist.


Tickets and Joining Instructions sent to MSOs for dissemination to their participating members.

Individual security checks will take place before entry to Horse Guards Parade. Ticket holders are to bring photographic ID and proof of address with them to gain access.


Please be advised that we are working towards business as usual for the Cenotaph Dispersal on Remembrance Sunday. We are continuing to follow government advice for mass gatherings to ensure the health and safety of our participants remains our priority. Any changes to this event will be communicated via our website Remembrance Sunday| Cenotaph Dispersal

Best wishes,


National Formations MSO