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William and Kate join the Queen to mark the end of the Gallipoli campaign

Sandringham: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a surprise appearance at a poignant ceremony marking 100 years since the end of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign.

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Will and Kate make a surprise appearance

At a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surprise crowds by joining the Queen and Prince Phillip.

William and Kate on Sunday joined the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at a wreath-laying service held at a war memorial on the monarch's Sandringham estate.

The Cambridges were not scheduled to attend the ceremony, which marked the 100th anniversary of the final withdrawal of allied troops from the Gallipoli peninsula in the First World War.

But after attending a traditional Sunday service at Sandringham's St Mary Magdalene Church with the Queen and Prince Philip, they walked behind the monarch to the nearby war memorial cross.

Kate, who celebrated her 34th birthday on Saturday, was joined at church by her parents Michael and Carole Middleton and siblings Pippa and James.

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The Queen and Prince Philip, who is patron of the Gallipoli Association, paid tribute as the Last Post was played and a minute's silence was observed.

The Queen and Duke each placed a wreath at the war memorial dedicated to local men killed in the Great War.

The Gallipoli land campaign against Turkey was one of the major engagements of the First World War, involving more than 400,000 British and around 140,000 Commonwealth and Irish servicemen. 

Some 44,000 Allied troops died, including 8,700 from Australia and 2,700 New Zealanders. Almost 87,000 Turks lost their lives.

The last Allied troops were withdrawn on January 9, 1916.

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