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Cather­ine, the Duchess of Cam­bridge, left, King Philippe of Bel­gium, Bri­tain’s Prince Charles, Queen Mathilde of Bel­gium, Bri­tain’s Prince Wil­liam and Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May take part in a gath­er­ing Mon­day at Tyne Cot Ceme­tery in western Bel­gium to mark the cen­te­nary of the as­sault known as Pass­chen­daele, one of the First World War’s blood­i­est bat­tles. More than half a mil­lion Al­lied and Ger­man troops were killed or wounded in the Third Bat­tle of Ypres, an as­sault that has come to be syn­ony­mous with the fu­til­ity of war. The Al­lied cam­paign, fought by Bri­tish and Com­mon­wealth forces from July to Novem­ber 1917 in the muddy bat­tle­fields of Flan­ders, barely moved the front line against the Ger­mans. Nearly 12,000 sol­diers are buried at the ceme­tery. Charles said the gath­er­ing, also at­tended by Ger­many’s for­eign min­is­ter and de­scen­dants of some of those who died, was to honor the sac­ri­fice of the sol­diers who fought there and “to prom­ise that we will never for­get.”

Benoit Dop­pagne AFP/Getty Images

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