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Event marking 200 years of Gurkha service led by Queen

The Queen last night led moving celebrations marking two centuries of Gurkha service with the British Armed Forces, as senior royals and military veterans also remembered those who died in the Nepalese earthquake.

Some 8,000 people were killed and thousands more injured when the Himalayan country - home of the Gurkha fighters - suffered a devastating quake on April 25.

The London celebrations marking the bicentenary of Gurkha service took on added significance as the Queen - joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, Gurkha Welfare Trust patron Prince Charles and Prince Harry - led the 1,400 guests in a minute's silence.

Charles said it was right "to recognise and celebrate these remarkable men and their extraordinary service to our country".

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