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Day of remembrance for Battle of the Somme centenary

Thousands of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme were honoured today in tributes to those who were killed in the historic battle, which began 100 years ago on July 1, 1916.

Events have been taking place in the UK and France to mark the centenary.

It follows a sombre evening of vigils commemorating the fallen including a remembrance service at Westminster Abbey led by the Queen.

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Nation falls silent in Battle of the Somme remembrance

The nation has fallen silent to honour the thousands of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

The battle was the bloodiest day in British military history, with 60,000 soldiers killed on the first day alone.

Ceremonies were held across the country, with a two-minute silence ending at 7.30am - the time when British, Commonwealth and French forces went 'over the top' in northern France.

In London, people lined Parliament Square to pay tribute, with the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery manning three guns which were fired every four seconds for 100 seconds to mark the silence.

The battle lasted for 141 days.

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