Lights Out as Britain commemorates WW1

Britain's most famous landmarks including the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Downing Street and Gateshead's Millennium Bridge were plunged into darkness for an hour last night to mark the moment Britain first declared war on Germany in 1914.

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Duchess of Cornwall joins vigil at Westminster Abbey

The Duchess of Cornwall joined senior politicians tonight for a service of solemn commemoration for those who died in WWI at Westminster Abbey.

The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, greeting The Duchess of Cornwall as she arrives for a candle lit prayer vigil. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Key figures present included Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, former foreign secretary William Hague, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Metropolitan Police commander Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

The Duchess lit a candle during the service, as did the 1,700 others in the congregation.

Paul and Alison Schulte holding candles to honour his two grand-uncles who died on the same day in October 1914. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The service also included the gradual extinguishing of candles, with an oil lamp snuffed out at the grave of the unknown warrior at 11pm - the exact hour war was declared.

In the same hour, the nation had been urged to switch off lights in places of worship, public buildings, workplaces and homes, and leave one light burning as a symbol of hope in darkness.

A column of white light created by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda is projected into the night sky. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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