The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh laid wreaths at Sandringham to mark centenary since the end of Gallipoli campaign
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Her Majesty was also joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the war memorial to commemorate the final evacuation of British troops from Gallipoli, which happened this weekend 100 years ago.
Around 500 people attended the wreath-laying ceremony at the foot of the War Memorial Cross in Sandringham to pay their respects to those who fought during one of the most notorious campaigns of World War One.
The service was organised by the Gallipoli Association, of which HRH the Duke of Edinburgh is a patron.
Among those in attendance was also a five-strong military contingent representing the three Battalions of the Royal Anglian Regiment.
Wreaths were also laid by Brigadier Max Marriner CBE, the Norfolk County Colonel of The Royal Anglian Regiment; Sir William Cubitt the President of the Norfolk branch of the Royal British Legion; Valerie Brundle, Chair of the Dersingham and Sandringham Branch of the Royal British Legion, and a member of the Sandringham Girl Guides.
At the end of the wreath-laying ceremony a bugler from the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment sounded the Last Post.
Prayers were led by the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, The Right Reverend Dr Robert Innes.
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John Gilbert, 77, of Chapel Street, in Cawston, observed the commemorations with members of the public.
He said: 'My father served in World War One and went to Gallipoli. Unlike many of these brave me, he did return home.
'I'm here in memory of all those who served alongside my father - I feel it's important to be here to pay my respects.'
The ceremony followed the Sunday church service at St Mary Magdalene Church, which today was also attended by the Middleton's.
The Gallipoli campaign was launched on 25 April 1015 in an attempt to force the Ottoman Empire - an ally of Germany - out of the war and open a Black Sea supply route to Russia.
It is considered one of the most disastrous events in military history and is said that 115,000 British and dominion troops - from Great Britain and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Newfoundland - were either killed or wounded.
Many Norfolk soldiers fought in the campaign, including soldiers from the 4th and 5th Territorial Battalions of The Norfolk Regiment, who are forebears of the Royal Anglian Regiment.
The 5th Battalion recruited from North Norfolk included a Company from the Sandringham Estate, led by Captain Frank Beck, the Land Agent who managed the entire Estate.
The Gallipoli campaign lasted just eight months before the Allies decided to evacuate their forces. This weekend marks the final withdrawal of allied forces from the Gallipoli Peninsula in January 1916.