The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme: The Vigil

The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme: The Vigil

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Review

The Battle of the Somme lasted nearly four months and left one million men dead or injured.

A century on, as a tribute rooted in profound sadness an overnight vigil will be held at the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. While representatives of the armed forces keep watch at the tomb, thousands of members of the public are expected to pay their respects throughout the night.

There will be a change of guard at 15-minute intervals after the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend a short service signalling the start of the vigil.

Kirsty Young describes the scene.

Summary

Live coverage of the vigils being held to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The Queen and Prince Philip are at the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are in France, attending a service at Thiepval Memorial, which bears the names of more than 72,000 men who died on the Somme and who have no known grave. Huw Edwards presents from Thiepval and Kirsty Young is in London to follow these and other services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as communities come together to remember all those who gave their lives at the Somme in 1916.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Huw Edwards
Presenter Kirsty Young
Executive Producer Claire Popplewell
Producer Rosheen Archer
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