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Bloodiest day of WW1 remembered 100 years on at Somme memorial

Published 01/07/2016

Pictured wreaths laid after the service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France
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Pictured wreaths laid after the service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
HRH Charles, The Prince of Wales, during a walkabout after the service at Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall during a walkabout after the service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Joe Hubble from the Black Watch attending today's service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Two french police on horseback the Mill Road Cemetery at theUlster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
A wreath aid by HRH, Charles, The Prince of Wales during the servicE at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Richard, The Duke of Gloucester laying a wreath at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Crowds at today's service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Pictured an Orangeman at today's service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Crowd at today's service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Irish minster Heather Humphries and Northern Ireland's First Minster Arlene Foster at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Ulster Unionist MLA Andy Allen with his 7 yr old son Carter at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Ulster Tower's Teddy Colligan helps French Army Snipers get onto the roof of the Ulster Tower Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
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Pictured crowd at today's service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Pictured HRH, Charles, The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Richard, The Duke of Gloucester at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Pictured the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
First Minster Arlene Foster at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People taking cover as heavy rains fall before the service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People taking cover as heavy rains fall before the service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Pictured people taking cover as heavy rains fall before the service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Pictured people taking cover as heavy rains fall before the service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Pictured people taking cover as heavy rains fall before the service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Pictured people taking cover as heavy rains fall before the service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
HRH, Charles, The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Pictured HRH, Charles, The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, and the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Richard, The Duke of Gloucester at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Pictured crowd at today's service at the Ulster Tower, Thiepval, France Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
The Prince of Wales, French President Francois Hollande, Irish President Michael D Higgins, Prime Minister David Cameron, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry stand amongst VIPS at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Phil Noble/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cornwall greets members of the public at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, following a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales greets members of the public at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, following a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers (right) at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Niall Carson/PA Wire
UUP leader Mike Nesbitt (left) and PUP leader Billy Hutchinson lay wreaths at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme.Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales lays a wreath at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales prepares to lay a wreath at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Guests at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers join guests watching a piper play at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince Wales at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, for a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke of Gloucester arrive at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, for a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers (right) at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme.Niall Carson/PA Wire
UUP leader Mike Nesbitt (left) and PUP leader Billy Hutchinson lay wreaths at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval, France, during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a gun during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Phil Noble/PA Wire
A choir sing during the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Young people holding flowers bouquets and cockades stand guard in front of the graves as they take part in the memorial ceremony on July 1, 2016 at the Thiepval Memorial, in Thiepval, during which Britain and France will mark the 100 years since soldiers emerged from their trenches to begin one of the bloodiest battles of World War I (WWI) at the River Somme. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Young people carry wreaths at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated.Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Young people holding flowers bouquets and cockades stand guard in front of the graves as they take part in the memorial ceremony on July 1, 2016 at the Thiepval Memorial, in Thiepval, during which Britain and France will mark the 100 years since soldiers emerged from their trenches to begin one of the bloodiest battles of World War I (WWI) at the River Somme. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Brig JSS O'Sullivan Col of the Royal Irish Regiment lays a wreath at the Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soldiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 150 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
French soldiers (L) and British horse guards (R) stand guard as they take part in the memorial ceremony on July 1, 2016 at the Thiepval Memorial, in Thiepval, during which Britain and France will mark the 100 years since soldiers emerged from their trenches to begin one of the bloodiest battles of WWI at the River Somme. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Young people holding flowers bouquets and cockades walk among the graves as they take part in the memorial ceremony on July 1, 2016 at the Thiepval Memorial, in Thiepval, during which Britain and France will mark the 100 years since soldiers emerged from their trenches to begin one of the bloodiest battles of World War I (WWI) at the River Somme. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Young people holding flowers bouquets and cockades walk amomg the graves as they take part in the memorial ceremony on July 1, 2016 at the Thiepval Memorial, in Thiepval, during which Britain and France will mark the 100 years since soldiers emerged from their trenches to begin one of the bloodiest battles of World War I (WWI) at the River Somme. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
THIEPVAL, FRANCE - JULY 1: Irish President Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina Coyle and Prince Harry follow Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister David Cameron, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and French President Francois Hollande as they arrive to attend a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing on July 1, 2016 in Thiepval, France.(Photo by Gareth Fuller- Pool/Getty Images)
French President Francois Hollande (left) Prime Minister David Cameron (second left) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (centre) and Prince Harry, greet Irish president Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne during the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery pass the Prince of Wales, French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister David Cameron, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and VIPs at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery pass the Prince of Wales, French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister David Cameron, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and VIPs at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
French soldiers attend a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2016. See PA story HERITAGE Somme. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire
French soldiers attend a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Phil Noble/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales, French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister David Cameron, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry amongst VIPs at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Soldiers arrive to leave sprays of flowers as they take part in the memorial ceremony on July 1, 2016 at the Thiepval Memorial, in Thiepval, during which Britain and France will mark the 100 years since soldiers emerged from their trenches to begin one of the bloodiest battles of World War I (WWI) at the River Somme. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment take part in the Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soldiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 150 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery attend a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Phil Noble/PA Wire
British horse guards stand guard as they take part in the memorial ceremony on July 1, 2016 at the Thiepval Memorial, in Thiepval, during which Britain and France will mark the 100 years since soldiers emerged from their trenches to begin one of the bloodiest battles of WWI at the River Somme. AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Irish Guards at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Yui Mok/PA Wire
French soldiers at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
People enterthe Thiepval Museum ahead of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated.Yui Mok/PA Wire
Soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment take part in the Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soldiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 100 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
Members of the Irish Guards at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
People view memorial poppies placed in the ground ahead of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Scottish soldiers stand near the Lochnagar Crater, a mine crater created after an English mine exploded, marking the launch of the British offensive against the German lines, at Ovillers-la-Boisselle on July 1, 2016 during a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest of the World War I (1.2 million killed, missing and wounded in five months). / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENIFRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images
People view memorial poppies placed in the ground ahead of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 01, 2016. See PA story HERITAGE Somme. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
French soldiers at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
French Junior Minister for Veterans and Remembrance Jean-Marc Todeschini speaks on July 1, 2016 in Contalmaison, during a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest of the World War I (1.2 million killed, missing and wounded in five months). / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENIFRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images
Piper David Hogg plays in First World War uniform as part of the Royal Irish Regiment Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soldiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 100 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
Scottish soldiers stand near the Lochnagar Crater, a mine crater created after an English mine exploded, marking the launch of the British offensive against the German lines, at Ovillers-la-Boisselle on July 1, 2016 during a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest of the World War I (1.2 million killed, missing and wounded in five months). / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENIFRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images
Royal Irish Regiment carry out their Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soldiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 100 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
Scottish soldiers stand near the Lochnagar Crater, a mine crater created after an English mine exploded, marking the launch of the British offensive against the German lines, at Ovillers-la-Boisselle on July 1, 2016 during a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest of the World War I (1.2 million killed, missing and wounded in five months). / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENIFRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images
People attend a ceremony at Ovillers-la-Boisselle on July 1, 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest of the World War I (1.2 million killed, missing and wounded in five months), next to the Lochnagar Crater, a mine crater created after a British mine exploded, marking the launch of the British offensive against the German lines. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENIFRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images
Royal Irish Regiment carry out their Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soldiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 150 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
A Scottish soldier stands near the Lochnagar Crater, a mine crater created after an English mine exploded, marking the launch of the British offensive against the German lines, at Ovillers-la-Boisselle on July 1, 2016 during a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest of the World War I (1.2 million killed, missing and wounded in five months). / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENIFRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images
Soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment take part in the Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soldiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 150 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
THIEPVAL, FRANCE - JULY 1: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (centre) is greeted as he attends the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing on July 1, 2016 in Thiepval, France. The event is part of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. (Photo bt Yui Mok - Pool/Getty Images)
Soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment take part in the Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soldiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 150 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
THIEPVAL, FRANCE - JULY 1: A floral tribute left on a wall ahead of the Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing on July 1, 2016 in Thiepval, France. The event is part of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. (Photo bt Yui Mok - Pool/Getty Images)
THIEPVAL, FRANCE - JULY 1: A message on a memorial poppy placed in the ground ahead of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing on July 1, 2016 in Thiepval, France. The event is part of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. (Photo bt Yui Mok - Pool/Getty Images)
THIEPVAL, FRANCE - JULY 1: Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives for the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing on July 1, 2016 in Thiepval, France. The event is part of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. (Photo bt Yui Mok - Pool/Getty Images)
THIEPVAL, FRANCE - JULY 1: British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives for the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing on July 1, 2016 in Thiepval, France. The event is part of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. (Chris Radburn - Pool/Getty Images)
THIEPVAL, FRANCE - JULY 1: People carry poppy wreaths ahead of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval memorial to the Missing on July 1, 2016 in Thiepval, France. The event is part of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. (Photo bt Yui Mok - Pool/Getty Images)
Soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment take part in the Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soldiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 150 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
Piper David Hogg plays in First World War uniform as part of the Royal Irish Regiment Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soildiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 150 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
Royal Irish Regiment carry out thier Act of Remembrance this morning at Connaught Cemetery, France, beside the Ulster Tower, to mark the time the first soldiers went 'over the top' at the battle of the Somme 150 years ago. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Senior royals and politicians have led tributes to the dead of the Battle of the Somme on the 100th anniversary of the bloodiest day in British military history.

Prime Minister David Cameron, French president Francois Hollande, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, led 10,000 guests gathered at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme that towers over the battlefield in France.

Ceremonies across the United Kingdom had earlier on Friday honoured the hundreds of thousands of victims of the brutal offensive which started in northern France on July 1 1916.

A two-minute silence ended at 7.30am, the time when the British, Commonwealth and French forces went "over the top" a century ago.

The British Army suffered almost 60,000 casualties on the first day alone and more than a million men would be killed or wounded on both sides over the course of the 141-day offensive.

Writing in the programme for Friday's commemoration in France, Prince Charles wrote that "their sacrifice and suffering will never be forgotten".

He added: "It is truly terrifying to imagine the destruction wrought across this landscape 100 years ago today. However, we now return to the battlefield in a spirit of reconciliation and respect.

"We honour the men who served from across Britain and Ireland, the Commonwealth and from France.

"We remember, too, the men from Germany who fought and fell in this most futile of conflicts. Their perseverance and courage when faced with such a monumental challenge are truly humbling."

Charles, Mr Cameron and Mr Hollande were among those who gave readings during the emotional Thiepval ceremony, alongside serving forces personnel and ex-England footballer Sol Campbell.

100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
A gun salute by 206 (Ulster Battery Royal Artillery) at the Somme Memorial in Thiepval Barracks, Northern Ireland (MoD/PA)
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson and North Belfast MLA William Humphrey at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
DUP MLA Brenda Hale hosts the event "Faith During War" at Stormont's Log Gallery followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Lord Craigavon's grave. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
'Faith During War' event at Stormont's Log Gallery was followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Lord Craigavon's grave. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
Fionnuala Jay O'boyle at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
Brian Kingston at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson and North Belfast MLA William Humphrey at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 - Belfast Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston pictured at a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of he Somme. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme when men from the 36th (Ulster) division and the 16th (Irish) division lost their lives. This was commemorated in Belfast with the traditional wreath-laying at the Cenotaph led by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston on July 01 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott )
Deputy Mayor, Alderman Stephen Martin and Chief Executive, Dr. Theresa Donaldson, laid a wreath at the War Memorial at Castle Street, Lisburn during a Service to commemorate 100 years of the Battle of the Somme. The Service was held with the Royal British Legion (Lisburn Branch). Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and the Royal British Legion (Lisburn Branch) held a Service of Remembrance today (Friday 1st July) at the War Memorial at Castle Street, Lisburn to mark 100 years of the Battle of the Somme. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Soldiers and MoD civilians gathered at the memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division in the memorial garden at Thiepval Barracks for a service and act of remembrance led by Senior Chaplain Reverent Alex Bennett. Photo: Kellie Shattock.
Deputy Mayor, Alderman Stephen Martin laid a wreath at the War Memorial at Castle Street, Lisburn during a Service to commemorate 100 years of the Battle of the Somme. The Service was held with the Royal British Legion (Lisburn Branch). Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
An artillery round fired by 206 (Ulster) Battery Royal Artillery at Hillsborough Castle synchronised with the sounding of Last Post by a bugler from 2 Rifles at the Somme Memorial in Thiepval Barracks marked a poignant memorial to those who sacrified at The Somme by today's Armed Forces in Northern Ireland. Photo: Kellie Shattock.
Soldiers and MoD civilians gathered at the memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division in the memorial garden at Thiepval Barracks for a service and act of remembrance led by Senior Chaplain Reverent Alex Bennett. Photo: Kellie Shattock.
At the Lisburn War Memorial today commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Deputy Mayor, Alderman Stephen Martin read "In Flanders Field" at the Service of Remembrance. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland. (L-R) Jim Crooks, Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588; Mark Garrett, 'World War One' soldier; and George Chittick, Grand Master of the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast, pay their respects at the dawn commemoration service in east Belfast
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland. PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016
PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/07/2016 A special dawn commemoration service and parade was held in east Belfast, organised by Cregagh Defenders LOL 1588, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was one of many such remembrance events held by the Institution across Northern Ireland.
Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture Philip Magowan / PressEye
Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Pictured: Councillor Junior McCrum laid a wreath. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Pictured: Councillor Junior McCrum laid a wreath. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Pictured: Rev. Gerald MacArtney of St. John's Church of Ireland led the service in the square. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 1st July 2016 Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Rathfriland held a Remembrance Service this morning for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The County Down town saw dozens come to attend the early morning service which started at 7.15am. The sound of whistles marked the start of a minute silence, followed by buglers and a lone piper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Game Of Thrones star Charles Dance, actress Joely Richardson and Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs narrated events.

Other politicians present included Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Irish president Michael D Higgins.

The royals each wore a poppy and a cornflower brooch, called the "bleuet", which has the same symbolism of remembrance in France as the red flower does in Britain.

The brooches were made by French designer Catherine Desclaux and were worn by schoolchildren taking part in the ceremony.

British children laid wreaths at French graves and vice versa in the shared graveyard by the memorial.

Mr Hollande and Charles led the senior politicians and royals in laying wreaths at the Cross of Sacrifice, looking out onto the former battlefield.

On Friday morning in London, people lined Parliament Square where the roar of guns was followed by the two-minute reflection.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery manned three sets of guns, drawn into place by horses, and fired every four seconds for 100 seconds.

In Edinburgh, a two-minute silence was held at Scotland's National War Memorial, with descendants of some of those who died at the Somme in attendance.

Mr Cameron laid a wreath at the cross, with a note reading: "Yours was the most horrific slaughter of a generation. We stand in awe of your sacrifice, determined that your legacy of liberty will live on forever."

Mr Corbyn laid a wreath at the Stone of Remembrance inside the memorial, with a note reading: "In memory of all who died; we resolve peace is the future."

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