Armistice Day commemorated

Acts of remembrance for Britain's war dead are taking place to mark Armistice Day, including a service at the national Armed Forces Memorial. The Duke of Edinburgh has also attended a service in Belgium.

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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.

Nando's sorry as music disrupts Remembrance silence

Nando's has apologised after rap music was heard coming from one of its restaurants during a two minute silence at Northampton's Remembrance Sunday service.

The music was being played in the restaurant's kitchen by staff who were unaware it could be heard outside, the Northampton Chronicle reported.

The Nando's in Northampton
Music was heard coming from a Nando's in Northampton during the city's Remembrance Sunday service. Credit: Google Street View

Nando's said it was "a very unfortunate error that the restaurant staff deeply regret", adding, "we will do everything we can to prevent this from happening again".

The restaurant chain also made a £500 donation to the Royal British Legion.

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Obama lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns

US President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington as part of the country's Veterans Day commemorations.

US President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
US President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama told those gathered: "We are hear today to pledge that we will never forget the profound sacrifices that are made in our name.

US President Barack Obama speaking at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington.
US President Barack Obama speaking at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

"Our message to all those who have ever worn the uniform of this nation is this: We will stand by your side."

Poppy from First World War battlefield to be auctioned

What is thought to be the oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War will go up for auction next month.

The poppy was taken from the trenches of Arras in Northern France in May 1916 by a 17-year-old British soldier called Private Cecil Roughton.

The pressed flower was given to 13-year-old Joan Banton in 1923 by Private Cecil Roughton.
The pressed flower was given to 13-year-old Joan Banton in 1923 by Private Cecil Roughton. Credit: ITV News Meridian

The keepsake is expected to fetch at least £1,000 when it is sold at Duke's Auctions in Dorchester on 6 December.

It is being sold by Sue Best, whose mother received the memento from Private Roughton when she was 13 years old after asking the young soldier for his autograph.

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Poppy Girl family tell of 'emotional' surprise reunion

A father and daughter who were tearfully reunited in front of the Queen on live TV this weekend have spoken about the "emotion" of their specially arranged meeting.

Lieutenant Commander Billy Adams saw his 10-year-old daughter Megan, a singer in the Poppy Girls group, for the first time in five months after she had performed at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night.

The naval officer, who has been tackling Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean, had been secretly flown to the UK by the Royal British Legion without his daughter knowing.

Poppy Girl Megan Adams hugs her father Billy Adams at the Royal Albert Hall. Credit: BBC One

"As I walked down the stairs on to the stage I was struggling to hold it together. It was the emotion of the whole thing. I hugged her and told her, 'you sang beautifully'," he told the Daily Mail.

The pair's on-stage hug reduced many audience members to tears, among them Samantha Cameron and the Countess of Wessex.

Megan, who believed her dad was thousands of miles away, told the newspaper: "I cried when I saw him because I miss him so much. I am proud of what he does - stopping the pirates - but it is hard not getting to see him."

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