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Duke and Duchess make surprise appearance at Sandringham commemoration

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the ceremony Photo: PA
The royals at the Gallipoli commemoration in Sandringham Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a surprise appearance at Sandringham at a ceremony honouring those who died in the Gallipoli campaign.

William and Kate joined the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at a wreath laying service held at a war memorial on the estate.

The Cambridges were not due to attend the ceremony which marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the disastrous First World War campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula.

But after attending a traditional Sunday service at Sandringham's St Mary Magdalene Church with the Queen and Philip, they walked behind the monarch to the nearby war memorial cross.

The Duchess, who celebrated her 34th birthday yesterday, was joined at church by her parents Michael and Carole Middleton and siblings sister Pippa and brother James.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, who is patron of the Gallipoli Association, stood still as the Last Post was played by a bugler and a minute's silence was observed.

Then they both placed a wreath at the war memorial dedicated to local men who fought in the Great War and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Gallipoli land campaign against Turkey was one of the major engagements of the First World War, involving more than 400,000 British and around 140,000 Commonwealth and Irish servicemen.

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her birthday yesterday Credit: PA
The Middletons, including Kate's brother James and sister Pippa joined the royals at church Credit: PA