In this photo taken on Friday, June 10, 2016 by drone camera, the World War I Thiepval Monument in Thiepval, France. (AP Photo)
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Britain's royals arrived in northern France Thursday to mark the 100th anniversary of one of history's bloodiest clashes, the Battle of the Somme, on the former World War I battlefields.Some 20,000 British forces died on that first day of the battle, the bloodiest day in the country's military history, while thousands more were maimed and wounded.For the first time France and Britain, which fought side by side in the battle, are holding a joint commemoration ceremony at the site.Beleaguered British Prime Minister David Cameron -- mired in a battlefield of his own after Britain voted to leave the European Union -- has confirmed he will attend alongside his French President Francois Hollande.The Thiepval Memorial is the largest Commonwealth war memorial in the world, commemorating more than 72,000 men who died.
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