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Queen pays tribute to Gallipoli campagin

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:01 GMT, Apr 25, 2015 |
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The Queen is attending UK ceremonies marking the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in World War One. She took part in a two-minute silence before laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

The Queen was joined by Prince William and party leaders at the memorial parade, ahead of a service at Westminster Abbey. A second day of services is also taking place in Australia, Turkey and New Zealand to mark the centenary.

Earlier the Prince of Wales, together with Prince Harry, attended a ceremony at the Anzac commemorative site in Turkey.

The eight-month campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, in modern day Turkey, was one of the bloodiest of the war and the first to involve troops from Australia and New Zealand.

At the Cenotaph, the Queen joined crowds paying tribute to the 131,000 troops who died during the Gallipoli campaign – including 25,000 British military personnel.

Descendants of veterans and representatives from countries involved in the operation attended the ceremony.