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Troops lay wreaths at Qatar base for Remembrance Day

British troops serving in the Middle East marked Remembrance Day at a sunset ceremony at their Qatar base.

Deployed personnel serving with the Royal Air Force's 83 Expeditionary Air Group were among the first in the world to mark the date, due to the time difference.

Corporal Olie Dunk lowering the flag from the Royal Air Force's 83 Expeditionary Air Group during a sunset remembrance Credit: Sgt Si Pugsley (RAF)/MoD/PA

More than 100 British and coalition servicemen joined the RAF's senior operational commander in the Middle East and Afghanistan for the service, where senior officers from the RAF, Royal Canadian Air Force, US Air Force and other coalition forces laid red poppy wreaths in memory of the fallen.

Members of the Royal Air Force's 83 Expeditionary Air Group during a sunset remembrance ceremony at their Qatar base Credit: Sgt Si Pugsley (RAF)/MoD/PA
More than 100 British and coalition servicemen joined the RAF's senior operational commander Credit: Sgt Si Pugsley (RAF)/MoD/PA

Battle of the Atlantic and Dambusters commemorated

Royal British Legion Festival honours the service and sacrifices of British armed forces from all conflicts, in particular those lost in the past year on active duty.

The Band of The Royal marines go through their set during rehearsals for the British Royal Legion Festival of Remembrance Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It will be followed by remembrance services on Sunday at the Cenotaph, while the nation will pause to reflect during the two-minute silence at 11am on Monday, Armistice Day.

This year's festival also commemorates the 70th anniversaries of the Battle of the Atlantic and the Dambuster raids.

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Queen to attend Royal British Legion Festival

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance tonight as the nation begins three days of honouring those who have lost their lives in conflicts past and present.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance Credit: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Other members of the Royal Family will also be present for the event at the Royal Albert Hall, which will feature performances from pop stars James Blunt - a former army officer - and Katie Melua, plus the tenor Alfie Boe and new group the Poppy Girls.

Katie Melua during rehearsals for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, Londo Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The audience of 4,000, including Legion supporters and military families, will be joined by an estimated 5.2 million viewers on television.

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Sunderland winger McClean chose not to wear poppy

James McClean did not wear the same Remembrance Day shirt as his team-mates. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Sunderland FC have confirmed winger James McClean chose not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt in yesterday's Premier League game against Everton, ITV Football has reported.

The Northern Ireland-born Republic of Ireland international's decision sparked a flurry of Twitter activity, with some users condemning the 23-year-old and others coming out in support of his right to choose.

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