We ‘stand to­gether’ says duke

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The Duke of Cam­bridge led of­fi­cial com­mem­o­ra­tions mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele.

Wil­liam spoke at the Menin Gate mon­u­ment in Ypres, which is cov­ered with the names of 54,391 Bri­tish dead who have no known grave, as the daily Last Post was played ahead of to­day’s cen­te­nary of the start of the bloody First World War Bri­tish as­sault.

Flanked by the Duchess of Cam­bridge and Philippe and Mathilde, the King and Queen of the Bel­gians, he said Bri­tain and Bel­gium “stand to­gether” to re­mem­ber those killed dur­ing weeks of heavy fight­ing in the sum­mer and au­tumn of 1917.

Watched by around 200 de­scen­dants of those who fought, he said: “To­day, the Menin Gate records al­most 54,000 names of the men who did not re­turn home; the miss­ing with no known grave.

“Mem­bers of our fam­i­lies; our reg­i­ments; our na­tions; all sac­ri­ficed ev­ery­thing for the lives we live to­day.

“One hun­dred years on, we still stand to­gether, gath­er­ing as so many do every night, in re­mem­brance of that sac­ri­fice.”

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