Elaborate preparations in UK to mark Armistice Day centenary

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  • A rain drop covered photograph of Canadian soldier Fredrick George Coppins adorns a cross placed in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in preparation for the annual Armistice Day commemoration for the dead and injured military and civilian in conflicts around the world on Nov. 11, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    Names of fallen soldiers adorn crosses placed in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in preparation for the annual Armistice Day commemoration for the dead and injured military and civilian in conflicts around the world on Nov. 11, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    A rain drop covers a photograph of Gerald Briedell of the Royal Irish Regiment who was killed in action on Nov. 23, 1914, adorns a cross placed in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in preparation for the annual Armistice Day commemoration for the dead and injured military and civilian in conflicts around the world on Nov. 11, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    A photograph of a Royal Naval serviceman adorns a cross placed in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in preparation for the annual Armistice Day commemoration for the dead and injured military and civilian in conflicts around the world on Nov. 11, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    Members of the British military's 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, The Vikings, help layout out in rows what upon completion will be 72,396 shrouded figures forming British artist Rob Heard's piece of commemorative art 'Shrouds of the Somme' to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made with a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 2016 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    Before completion, British artist Rob Heard poses for photographs in front of rows of what will be 72,396 shrouded figures forming his piece of commemorative art 'Shrouds of the Somme' to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made with a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 2016 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    Before completion, British artist Rob Heard poses for photographs in front of rows of what will be 72,396 shrouded figures forming his piece of commemorative art 'Shrouds of the Somme' to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made with a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 2016 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    Before completion, British artist Rob Heard, center, and members of the British military's 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, The Vikings, pose for photographs in front of rows of what will be 72,396 shrouded figures forming his piece of commemorative art 'Shrouds of the Somme' to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made to a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 2016 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    British artist Rob Heard poses for photographs amongst rows of 72,396 shrouded figures which form his piece of commemorative art 'Shrouds of the Somme' to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made to a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 2016 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • A rain drop covered photograph of Canadian soldier Fredrick George Coppins adorns a cross placed in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in preparation for the annual Armistice Day commemoration for the dead and injured military and civilian in conflicts around the world on Nov. 11, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    Names of fallen soldiers adorn crosses placed in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in preparation for the annual Armistice Day commemoration for the dead and injured military and civilian in conflicts around the world on Nov. 11, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    A rain drop covers a photograph of Gerald Briedell of the Royal Irish Regiment who was killed in action on Nov. 23, 1914, adorns a cross placed in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in preparation for the annual Armistice Day commemoration for the dead and injured military and civilian in conflicts around the world on Nov. 11, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    A photograph of a Royal Naval serviceman adorns a cross placed in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in preparation for the annual Armistice Day commemoration for the dead and injured military and civilian in conflicts around the world on Nov. 11, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    Members of the British military's 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, The Vikings, help layout out in rows what upon completion will be 72,396 shrouded figures forming British artist Rob Heard's piece of commemorative art 'Shrouds of the Somme' to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made with a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 2016 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    Before completion, British artist Rob Heard poses for photographs in front of rows of what will be 72,396 shrouded figures forming his piece of commemorative art 'Shrouds of the Somme' to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made with a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 2016 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    Before completion, British artist Rob Heard poses for photographs in front of rows of what will be 72,396 shrouded figures forming his piece of commemorative art 'Shrouds of the Somme' to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made with a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 2016 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    Before completion, British artist Rob Heard, center, and members of the British military's 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, The Vikings, pose for photographs in front of rows of what will be 72,396 shrouded figures forming his piece of commemorative art 'Shrouds of the Somme' to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made to a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 2016 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    British artist Rob Heard poses for photographs amongst rows of 72,396 shrouded figures which form his piece of commemorative art 'Shrouds of the Somme' to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Each figure is a human form, individually shaped, shrouded and made to a name of the 72,396 missing British and Commonwealth servicemen who were killed fighting in the Somme area of France between July 1, 2016 and March 20, 1918 who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial in France. World War I ended on November 11, 1918. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) Elaborate preparations are underway in Britain ahead of ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Armistice Day will be commemorated Sunday in Britain with a solemn ceremony at the Cenotaph in London that will be attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals.

Special tributes to fallen and injured servicemen will also include a Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey. The field is being filled with small crosses, often topped with photographs of a serviceman who died in the 1914-1918 war.

A separate display at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London will feature 72,396 individually shaped, shrouded figures. Each represents a British and Commonwealth serviceman killed fighting in the Somme area of France.

The ambitious display is the work of British artist Rob Heard.

       

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