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Royal Family to lead Somme100 commemorations at CWGC Thiepval Memorial

01 July 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are among 10,000 guests who will attend a national commemorative event to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at CWGC Thiepval Memorial in France, today.

The event will be hosted by the French and UK Governments, working in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC); the British Embassy in Paris; the FCO; the MoD; and The Royal British Legion (RBL).

The event will reflect the history and significance of the site as we remember all those who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme. A traditional commemorative service will be combined with cultural and military content, including hymns, readings and music.

The vast majority of those attending are individuals who were successful in a DCMS ticket ballot, held last year.

The event will be held at 12.00 (11.00 GMT) and will be broadcast live on BBC One.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visited the site yesterday for a private visit to the top of the memorial with CWGC historian, Glyn Prysor.

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