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In Pictures: Armistice Day 2008

Surviving WW1 veterans Henry Allingham, Harry Patch and Bill Stone

Three faces stood out among the millions marking Armistice Day this year. Henry Allingham, Harry Patch and Bill Stone are among the four surviving British veterans of World War I.

Armistice Day service at London's Cenotaph

They and thousands of others gathered on Whitehall in central London for the annual memorial service. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

Veteran Harry Patch laying his wreath

Mr Patch, now 110 years old, was helped to lay his wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph. He fought in the battle of Passchendaele in which more than 70,000 British troops died.

Veteran Henry Allingham

Mr Allingham is the oldest surviving veteran at 112. The former RNAS and RAF veteran said: "I'm glad to be here. It means a lot to me. I hope people realise what my pals sacrificed on their behalf."

Military personnel gathered at the Cenotaph

Hundreds of military personnel bowed their heads for the silence. It marks the moment when the First World War ended 90 years ago.

Gordon Brown alongside veterans in Downing Street

After the silence, Prime Minister Gordon Brown held a reception for veterans young and old at 10 Downing Street. Mr Allingham, Mr Patch and Mr Stone were guests of honour.

Service at the National Memorial Arboretum

At the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent led the tributes.

Military band at the National Memorial Arboretum

There the band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth played alongside the Armed Forces Memorial. It bears the names of 16,000 servicemen and women killed since the end of World War II.

Armistice Day service in Edinburgh

A service was also held in Edinburgh's Garden of Remembrance. There too, those who have died in more recent conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan were remembered.

Railway workers observe silence in York

Railway staff paid their respects at York Station. In total, some five million men and women served in the British armed forces during World War I.

QE2 in Southampton

In Southampton, onlookers including the Duke of Edinburgh watched as planes dropped a million poppies over the QE2 ahead of its final voyage. It is leaving for Dubai where it will become a floating hotel.

Prince Charles laying a wreath in Verdun

Close to the battlefields themselves, poignant services were held. In France, the Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the Military Cemetery in Verdun.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prince Charles at the Military Cemetery in Verdun

Prince Charles was joined by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife. More than 300,000 men died during the 1916 Battle of Verdun.




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