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Princes lead cathedral service

LONDON, England -- Prince Charles and his youngest son Prince Harry have met the bereaved families of British victims of the September 11 terror attacks.

Charles and Harry, who is 18 on Sunday, asked to meet families privately after a national service of remembrance at London's St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday, also attended by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Tight security surrounded the 17th century cathedral where the service was attended by 2,000 friends and relatives of the dead.

More than 3,000 white rose petals, representing all those who lost their lives a year ago in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, were released from the Whispering Gallery, inside St Paul's great dome. Sixty-seven Britons were among the victims.

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New York policeman Lieutenant Frank Dwyer, who earlier in the day had attended a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in London, lit a candle at 1.46 p.m., coinciding with the time of impact of the first hijacked passenger jet on the North Tower of New York's World Trade Center. (Full story)

The impact of the second jet on the South Tower was marked by the lighting of a candle at 2.03pm by leaders of British Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.

St Paul's Canon in Residence, Philip Buckler, told the Press Association: "The service is a time to think of those who died but also a time to light a candle of hope for the future."

The Archbishop of Westminster, Roman Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, was leading prayers with the Salvation Army's World President of Women's Ministries, Commissioner Gisele Gowans.

Hundreds of people, including many American tourists draped in Stars and Stripes, gathered outside St Paul's to watch dignitaries arriving at the service.

At a nearby memorial to the British firefighters who died during the Blitz in World War II, a message on a Union Flag read: "U.S.A., side by side we mourn. Remember."

Tourists Nancy Gallagher, 47, and Geoff Andrews, 57, from Manhattan, had just arrived in the UK as part of a holiday in Europe but had planned to watch the service for weeks beforehand.

Gallagher told PA: "People from 83 countries were killed during the attacks. It tells you a lot about places like New York and London that people from so many different nationalities can come together and live without any trouble."


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