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Gala evening for UK military heroes

Top names from the worlds of politics, showbusiness and sport have joined senior royals to honour Britain's military heroes.

Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband, former England footballer David Beckham and pop mogul Simon Cowell were among those attending a gala evening honouring the excellence and sacrifice of the armed forces.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall headed the list of names at A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards, which took place at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, and will be broadcast on ITV next week.

Eight awards, often known as the "Millies", were presented to celebrate outstanding performances and contributions in the military, abroad and at home. They include awards recognising UK armed forces' contribution in Afghanistan.

Mr Miliband said: "This is a really important occasion to mark the incredible service that members of our armed forces provide for the country. It's incredibly moving to see the amazing stories of sacrifice and courage.

"I think it represents the mood of the country. We see this with Remembrance Sunday, people want to remember our armed forces, to praise their incredible courage."

Beckham said: "I'm here because there are amazing people who sacrifice many things for the country, and they put themselves and their families through so much - it's just a special night.

"I can't imagine what they go through, they just need to know that we all think about them, and how much we appreciate what they do.

"When I visited Afghanistan, that was one of the things that they really wanted to know."

Cowell said: "I like this evening, it's nice to support it."

Asked what the armed forces needed, he said: "Give them a bit more money, show them support, things like this make a difference."

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