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Queen marks Gallipoli centenary laying a wreath at London's Cenotaph

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 00:54

Britain's Queen Elizabeth joins politicians and other dignitaries at a Cenotaph ceremony marking the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign during World War One. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Britain's Queen Elizabeth led a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign in the capital London on Saturday (April 25), accompanied by British politicians and other dignitaries. The Gallipoli campaign has resonated through generations, which have mourned the thousands of soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) cut down by machine-gun and artillery fire as they struggled ashore on a narrow beach. The fighting would eventually claim more than 130,000 lives, 87,000 of them on the side of the Ottoman Turks, who were allied with imperial Germany in World War One. The Queen attended Saturday's ceremony at the Cenotaph with her husband Prince Philip and grandson, Prince William. She laid a wreath in memory of the soldiers killed during the campaign, as did British Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and opposition leader Ed Miliband. A military band played "The Last Post", traditionally heard during remembrance services in the UK. Elsewhere, leaders and dignitaries from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey led thousands at dawn ceremonies on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Britain's Prince Charles laid wreaths as bagpipes played at Anzac Cove, just north of where the landings occurred, in front of more than 10,000 people. Gallipoli was the first time that soldiers from Australia and New Zealand fought under their own flags and is seared in the national consciousness as a point where their nations came of age, emerging from the shadow of the British empire. For Turkey, it is also a national touchstone, heralding the rise of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who as a young officer led the defence. He later founded modern Turkey, the secular republic that emerged from the ruins of the Ottoman empire.

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Queen marks Gallipoli centenary laying a wreath at London's Cenotaph

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 00:54