Bri­tish, Bel­gian roy­als to mark Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele cen­te­nary

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

YPRES, Bel­gium — Prince Charles, Prince Wil­liam and Wil­liam’s wife, Kate, are join­ing Bel­gian roy­als and rel­a­tives of sol­diers who fought in the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele to mark 100 years since the deadly of­fen­sive be­gan. More than half a mil­lion Al­lied and Ger­man troops were killed or wounded in the First World War bat­tle in west­ern Bel­gium, also known as the Third Bat­tle of Ypres.

The Al­lied of­fen­sive, fought by Bri­tish, Cana­dian and other Com­mon­wealth forces from July to Novem­ber 1917 in bat­tle­fields that turned to liq­uid mud, ended up barely mov­ing the front line against the Ger­mans. Bri­tain’s roy­als are sched­uled to join Bel­gium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on Sun­day for a cer­e­mony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, which is etched with the names of thou­sands of miss­ing sol­diers.

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