We ‘stand together’ says duke
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.”