First World War 'sacred soil' ceremony in London

Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery with the seventy bags of Soil on a gun carriage being carried down the Mall. Photo: Laura Lean/PA Wire

"Sacred soil" collected from the First World War battlefields of Flanders has been carried through London today to a memorial garden marking the centenary of the War.

The procession passed Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, The Mall and Buckingham Palace.

The soil was then blessed in a ceremony at the Guards' Chapel at Wellington Barracks - near Buckingham Palace.

The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks. Credit: ITN
The soil is scattered at the The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. Credit: ITN