Dignitaries and members of the British and Belgian Royal Families have gathered in Ypres to commemorate 100 years since the start of one of the bloodies battles of the first World War.
Officially known as the third battle of Ypres, The Battle Of Passchendaele began on July 31st 1917 on the Western Front in Flanders with almost half a million troops, 275,00 Allied and 220,00 Germans, losing their lives or going missing during the 3 month conflict.
Prince William, Princess Catherine and British Prime Minister Teresa May, joined King Philippe to lay wreaths at the Menin Gate, the memorial to over 50,000 Commonwealth soldiers who went missing during the war. The memorial service as also attended by 200 relatives of those who fought during the battle.
King Phillipe, during his address to those gathered, emphasised that both countries would continue to honour those who made an “immense sacrifice”. The service was concluded by the traditional playing of The Last Post, which has been played at the Menin Gate every evening since 1928.
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