The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Harry at a twilight vigil remembering those killed and wounded at the Battle of the Somme
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It was the biggest battle of World War One, lasting for five months and leaving over a million dead or wounded. As the world prepares to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the Royal Family has attended services in London and in France to mark the eve of the anniversary.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh took part in a simple and moving ceremony at Westminster Abbey to remember those killed at the start of an overnight vigil.
At the start of the remembrance and the vigil, the Queen laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and bowed her head in silence. A cluster of red roses and a simple card were left to show that millions still remember.
The Duke of Cambridge read the words of Sebastian Faulks including the quote ''we lost the flower of a generation''. Prince Harry read from W N Hodgson's 'Before Action' which was written just before the start of the Somme. W N Hodgson died on the first day of the battle.
There will be more events today marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme as, one hundred years on, we all remember.