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In pictures: Field of Remembrance

Wooden crosses in a field of remembrance for war dead at Westminster Abbey, London

The Field of Remembrance is a tribute to the nation's war dead, held every year in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, London. It contains thousands of wooden crosses, each bearing a poppy.

People viewing crosses at the Field of Remembrance opening

Many turned out to inspect the commemorative garden, when it opened on Thursday.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh laid a cross as he officially opened the Field of Remembrance.

A wooden cross and a poppy

The wooden crosses and poppies were grouped in dozens of plots representing regiments, ships and corps involved in conflicts from World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan.

A man looking at the display

The presentation evoked memories for veterans and those who lost loved ones.

War veterans gathering

Hundreds of veterans, most of whom were elderly and wore war medals, gathered to place crosses in memory of their fallen comrades.

The Duke of Edinburgh laughs with veterans

The Duke of Edinburgh was able to share a joke with veterans during the event.

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