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Royals in tribute to war dead in Serbia

By Nina Massey

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have attended a memorial ceremony at the Belgrade New Cemetery as they began their visit to Serbia.

Charles and the president of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, laid wreaths at the Memorial Crypt of the Belgrade Defenders, followed by a pause for reflection before Serbian priests read a short prayer.

The prince wore an RAF tie, veteran's badge and the shoes issued to him when he joined the RAF in March, 1971.

Dressed in a grey and black Bruce Oldfield coat, the duchess observed proceedings as the national anthems of both countries were played by a military band.

The memorial is above an underground crypt in which the bodies of 4,603 known and unknown soldiers have been laid to rest.

Charles and President Nikolic later attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.

They were led to the site by a piper from the Royal Irish Regiment, and greeted by a British Military band.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Charles asked President Nikolic to pause for a short time so he could pay his respects.

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