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Royals lead national day for the Great War

By Ellen Branagh

Details of a national day of commemoration to mark the centenary of Britain's entry into the First World War have been released by the Government.

A series of events are being held to mark 100 years since Britain declared war on August 4, 1914, attended by members of the royal family and senior politicians from Britain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Commonwealth.

The events are part of a commemoration spanning the four-year centenary of the Great War, with events due to take place in the UK and Belgium.

Setting out details of services of remembrance in London and Glasgow and a commemorative event in Belgium, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: "A hundred years on, the sheer scale and sacrifice of the First World War demand remembrance."

On August 4, a service for the Commonwealth will be held at Glasgow Cathedral, attended by the Prince of Wales.

Later that day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend an evening ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's cemetery at St Symphorien, where the first and last British soldiers who died on the Western Front are now buried.

At 10pm on the same day, a service of Solemn Commemoration at Westminster Abbey will feature the gradual extinguishing of candles. Similar services will be held in Anglican churches around the UK, including St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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