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Ceremonies have been held across Europe and around the world to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of World War One.
 
French President Nicolas Sarkozy was joined by Britain’s Prince Charles at Verdun in north eastern France to commemorate those who died.
 
The battle of Verdun between French and German forces was the war’s longest.
 
The Armistice Day ceremony included representatives from 21 European Union countries.
 
It took place in front of the ossuary at Douaumont, on the outskirts of Verdun, which contains the bones of 130,000 men who were killed during the battle.
  
In a separate event in Belgium on Monday evening, a special Last Post ceremony was held in the town of Ypres to mark the eve of Armistice day.
 
UK military bands took part in that ceremony.   
 
Ypres, which was destroyed during the battle, was the scene of some of the worst fighting during WW1; thousands of British troops lost their lives in the town. The remains of more than 90,000 of them have never been found or identified.
 
The First World War is notoriously remembered for its attritional trench warfare. Some 20 million people died during four years of fighting between the Allied Powers and Germany.