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Royal family join veterans to give thanks on VE Day

By David Mercer

The royal family joined 1,000 war veterans at Westminster Abbey yesterday for a service to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, and other senior royals attended a service of thanksgiving for those who sacrificed their lives during the Second World War.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha were in the congregation, with members of the armed forces and representatives of the Allied nations that fought with Britain.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the congregation: "Our gratitude is not simply for victory-in-Europe, but also reconciliation-in-Europe that followed, neither obviously or automatically."

On Friday, Stormont minister Arlene Foster and the first ministers of Wales and Scotland, Carwyn Jones and Nicola Sturgeon, laid wreaths at the Cenotaph in London. Beacons were lit in Northern Ireland, commemorative parades held, and a gun salute took place at Hillsborough Castle.

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