World leaders at WW1 centenary events

ROYALS and world leaders have gathered for ceremonies marking 100 years since Britain joined World War One.

The Prince of Wales and David Cameron are at a Glasgow service, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Belgium with many heads of state.

The day concludes with a "lights out" event around the UK and a candle-lit vigil at Westminster Abbey.

The public can join the switch-off ending at 23:00 - the time Britain declared war on Germany in 1914.

About 17 million soldiers and civilians were killed between 1914 and 1918.

The day's events began in Liege, Belgium, where 50 heads of state have gathered for a service to mark the invasion of Belgium.

French President Francois Hollande said the country had been the first battleground of WW1 and had offered "solid resistance" in Liege.

"Deadly days" followed when French and British soldiers joined the conflict, he said.

Speaking to the gathered European leaders, Prince William said: "We were enemies more than once in the last century and today were are friends and allies.

"We salute those who died to give us our freedom. We will remember them."

Meanwhile, the service at Glasgow Cathedral - attended by Prince Charles, Mr Cameron, First Minister Alex Salmond, and 1,400 others - has heard from a number of Commonwealth figures. - BBC News

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