Hundreds of spectators gathered outside St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Scotland, on 31 May to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland.

Fought near the coast of Denmark, the Battle of Jutland was considered to be the largest naval battle of the First World War, lasting from 31 May - 1 June 1916. It saw the British Royal Navy's Grand fleet clash with German High Seas Fleet involving some 250 ships. More than 6,000 Britons and 2,500 Germans died during the battle.

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The band of the city of Kirkwall play at commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland at St Magnus CathedralJames Glossop
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Members of the public listen as the band of the Royal Marines play at the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland at St Magnus CathedralJames Glossop
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Princess Anne attends the 100th anniversary commemorations for the Battle of Jutland at St Magnus CathedralJeff J. Mitchell/ Getty Images

In Kirkwall, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Prime Minister David Cameron and German President Joachim Gauck attended the commemorations. Royal Navy personnel were also in attendance, accompanied by Princess Anne.

The remembrance service at Kirkwall follows a service held on 28 May in South Queensferry, Scotland where sea cadets, spectators and Royals came to pay their respects to the thousands who lost their lives.

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the light cruiser HMS BIRMINGHAM can be see under fire from the German High Seas FleetImperial War Museum
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The family of Jack Cornwell, VC gather around a mantelpiece adorned with photographs of the young war hero. Cornwell, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Jutland aged only sixteen, was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his dedication to duty, circa 1916Central Press/ Getty Images
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HMS Indefatigable sinking after being struck by shells from the German battlecruiser Von der TannImperial War Museum
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Lady Beatty and two young sailors with the ensign of HMS Lion on Sailor's Day flag day, 4 October, 1916Topical Press Agency/ Getty Images
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Reg Spencer from Duchess Road School laying a wreath from schoolchildren in Sheffield on Jack Cornwall's grave. John Travers Cornwall a 16 year old sailor won a posthmous Victoria Cross at the Battle of Jutland, 22 December 1916Topical Press Agency/ Getty Images
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The funeral procession in East Ham of John Travers Cornwall, who died as a result of wounds sustained in the Battle of Jutland. The sixteen year old sailor was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, August 1916Topical Press Agency/ Getty Images
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HMS Queen Mary is blown up during the Battle of JutlandImperial War Museum
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Princess Anne, German President Joachim Gauck, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister David Cameron attend the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland at St Magnus CathedralGuido Bergmann/ Bundesregierung/ Getty Images
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Royal Navy personnel attend the 100th anniversary commemorations for the Battle of Jutland at St Magnus CathedralJeff J. Mitchell/ Getty Images
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The band of the Royal Marines play at the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland at St Magnus CathedralJames Glossop

In Northern Ireland, commemorations took place on board the HMS Caroline, the last surviving ship from the 1916 Battle of Jutland, moored in the Titanic Quarter. Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster and Prince Michael of Kent were among those in attendance. HMS Caroline hosted a special all island commemoration service ahead of it's reopening to the public tomorrow after a major restoration project.

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HMS Caroline moored in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland. HMS Caroline is the last surviving ship from the 1916 Battle of Jutland
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Sea Cadets march on board HMS Caroline during the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland in Belfast, Northern IrelandCharles McQuillan/ Getty Images
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Original builder's drawings are displayed on HMS Caroline, which is now the last surviving ship from the 1916 Battle of JutlandPeter Macdiarmid/ Getty Images
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HMS Caroline moored in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland. HMS Caroline is the last surviving ship from the 1916 Battle of JutlandCharles McQuillan/ Getty Images
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Prince Michael of Kent is greeted by Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster at HMS Caroline in Belfast, Northern IrelandCharles McQuillan/ Getty Images