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Boris Johnson prepares to take on troops in tug of war

Boris Johnson is to launch London's Poppy Day by taking part in a tug of war against members of the armed forces.

Now in its 10th year the Poppy Day has raised over £3.8 million for the Royal British Legion and other service charities.

The Mayor's tug of war gets underway at 9 o'clock this morning near City Hall.

He'll hope not to repeat his most recent sporting appearance, where he rugby tackled a child during a visit to Japan.

Boris Johnson rugby tackles a child Credit: PA


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Duke honours fallen soldiers at ceremony in Belgium

The Duke of Edinburgh has attended a special ceremony in Belgium to mark Armistice Day.

He laid a poppy wreath in Ypres - the scene of deadly battles during the First World War - to commemorate fallen members of the armed forces.

Bags of soil collected by Belgian pupils from the battlefields of Flanders are being brought to London to be placed in a memorial garden next year.

ITV News' Royal correspondent Tim Ewart reports.

Poppy Girls single on sale

The Poppy Girls meeting the PM last month Credit: Reuters

The latest military singing sensation, the Poppy Girls will perform their new single in Kensington today. The group - all daughters of servicemen are releasing 'The Call (No Need To Say Goodbye)' on Armistice Day, in aid of the British Legion.

Megan Adams, 10, Florence Ransom, 10, Alice Milburn, 13, Bethany Davey, 15, and Charlotte Mellor, 17, beat 1,000 hopefuls to make it into the group

The girls will perform between 12:45-1:30pm at the Sainsbury's on Cromwell Road.

Camden centre helps traumatised veterans

As London prepares to remember the war dead this Sunday, it's also worth thinking about those still living with the impact of conflict. In Camden, an NHS clinic offers a unique service to help veterans cope with post traumatic and combat stress.

For former military personnel it can be a life saver - especially as this time of remembrance can bring back difficult memories of the front line. Ruth Banks went to see the work they do.


Video: Queen opens armed forces charity HQ

With just 2 days to go until Remembrance Sunday, The Queen has opened the new headquarters of an armed forces charity in London.

The SAFA,** **formerly the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Associations, provides help and support to members of the armed forces and their families.

Today the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, unveiled a plaque to mark 60 years of her support for the charity.

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The Queen and Philip visit armed forces charity

The Queen officially opened the new headquarters of the armed forces charity SSAFA in London.

The Queen Credit: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

After meeting various charity beneficiaries, volunteers and staff, she was given a posy by six-year-old Harley Inns, whose brother, Rifleman Martin Kinggett, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

The Queen is presented with a posy. Credit: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The Queen was greeted by her cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, who is the charity's president.

Read: 'Get some wheels,' Prince Philip tells a double amputee

The Queen and Prince Michael of Kent Credit: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
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'Get some wheels,' Prince Philip tells a double amputee

Prince Philip meets trooper Cayle Royce.

The Duke of Edinburgh has jokingly advised a double amputee soldier to put some wheels on his prosthetic legs.

Prince Philip made the quip as he and the Queen officially opened the new headquarters of the armed forces charity SSAFA in London.

Trooper Cayle Royce, who lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan last year, said the Duke "told me I should lose the feet and put some wheels on my prosthetics. He said it will be easier to get around."

The 27-year-old South African added that Philip was "my hero...He's just a great person - really comedy."

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