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Royals out in force to honour tragic heroes of Gallipoli.

THE Queen yesterday led the nation in honouring the thousands of Anzac troops who died during the First World War's disastrous Gallipoli campaign at a moving Cenotaph ceremony in London. The Prince of Wales was in Turkey with Prince Harry, close to the Gallipoli battle sites, to pay tribute with world leaders to all those who fought.

At a dawn service at London's Wellington Arch, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders had gathered to pay their respects to relatives and past countrymen.

The Queen was the first to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in memory of the Anzac forces, with the Duke of Edinburgh also present.

Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband all attended with their wives.

The Duke of Cambridge made it to the national commemoration as the wait for the royal baby continued.

William was ready to pull out of the wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall if the Duchess of Cambridge had been admitted to hospital in labour beforehand.

But all appeared quiet at the private Lindo Wing in Paddington, London, as the Duke joined his grandparents for a two-minute silence during the official engagement.

The Cambridges' second child is due before the end of the month and today has been reported as the due date.

But it is thought unlikely William would have scheduled a public engagement for the same day as Kate was due to give birth.

William is on six weeks' unpaid leave from his job learning to fly helicopters for the East Anglian Air Ambulance after finishing the first phase of his training early.

William and Kate will celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary on Wednesday April 29


The Queen and Duke at Westminster Abbey. Opposite, William |

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
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Date:Apr 26, 2015
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