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Troops attend thanksgiving at York Minster

Members of the 4th Mechanised Brigade at York Minster Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Troops who have just returned from Afghanistan have been attending a thanksgiving service at York Minster.

Troops gathering outside York Minster ahead of the ceremony Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and the Forces Minister Andrew Robathan MP joined hundreds of armed forces personnel who have recently returned home from service.

Hundreds of soldiers turned out for a thanksgiving service Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The 4th Mechanised Brigade lost nine soldiers during their six month tour of Helmand Province.

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Yorkshire connections of King Richard III

The Yorkshire Branch of the Richard III Society claim, naturally, that Yorkshire was his favourite county of all. And that it was in Yorkshire that he was happiest, where he and his wife, Anne Neville, daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker made their first - and favourite - home, at Middleham Castle .

It was also in Yorkshire that that their only son, Edward was born in 1473, and spent most of his tragically short life. Debate is already underway as to whether the last Yorkist monarch should be brought 'home' - with some calling for the burial place to be York Minster.

The last English King to die in battle - he lived for 12 years in the North of England.Some historians say that although entitled to be buried at Westmister Abbey alongside other Kings and Queens of England, he had announced his intention to be buried at York.

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Duke of York at parade for Yorkshire soldiers

The Duke of York will be at York Minster today to take part in a series of events to celebrate the return of soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment from Afghanistan.

A Thanksgiving Service is being held at the Minster during which the Warminster Military Wives Choir will be singing.

Ten soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment were killed on operation during the regiment's six month tour in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

Five hundred soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment will also parade through the streets of York before being inspected by the Lord Mayor of York, Ccounillor Keith Hyman and the Colonel of The Yorkshire Regiment, Major General Graham Binns.

The Queen hands out Maundy Money

The Queen is visiting York to distribute Maundy Money at the Minster.

During the Royal service, the Queen gives the Maundy Money to 86 women and 86 men, representing the Queen's 86 years.

Two purses are given to each person - one containing a £5 coin commemorating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and a fifty pence piece. The other contains uniquely minted Maundy Money.

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