PROUD Piers Morgan paid tribute to his lookalike brother Jeremy today as he retired from the British Army after 37 years of service.

The TalkTV star, 57, shared a picture of the pair at the Thiepval Memorial in northern France.

The monument is a tribute to the 72,000 missing British and South African serviceman who died in the Battle of the Somme in the First World War.

Standing beside his brother, who wore full military uniform, Piers dressed in a smart black suit and white shirt.

The siblings both held their hands behind their backs and delivered the same tight-lipped smile.

Piers wrote on Instagram: "Congrats to my brother Jeremy on his retirement from the British Army today after 37 years of service to his country including numerous war zones.

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"Outstanding military career, outstanding bloke. Very proud of you Colonel."

A decorated Lieutenant Colonel, Jeremy spoke fondly of the pair's relationship in a 2010 interview with The Times.

Like many brothers, they would fight endlessly as kids before gaining a greater appreciation for each other as they grew up.

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Jeremy said: "Piers used to torment me and physically bully me when we were small. I remember him hitting me over the head repeatedly with a small, rubber yellow hammer. My mother couldn’t leave us alone. Later on, he’d bully me psychologically — niggle, niggle, niggle — until I got into a rage and beat him to a pulp. He fought like a girl, so he was easy to overcome.

"But I admired Piers, and when the chips were down we’d always pull together. I was just ill-equipped to deal with his sharp wit. He likes to verbally joust with people. He’s fallen out with Jeremy Clarkson, Ian Hislop, Jonathan Ross. He seems to enjoy long-running feuds. I was just one of his early victims."

Jeremy called his brother Piers "unusually bright"with an appreciation for author JRR Tolkien aged just four, before he developed an interest in newspapers and his beloved Arsenal FC.

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