Posts Tagged ‘Commemoration’

William & Kate join Charles for Day 2 in Belgium

Here’s my post for Belgium Day 2 on July 31. Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, were joined by Prince Charles for the second day of commemorations marking the centenary of the first day of Passchendaele, the third Battle of Ypres.

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William, Kate, and Harry join Prince Charles and Camilla for Battle of the Somme centenary

For their second day in France commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, yesterday July 1, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry joined Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, British Prime Minister (?) David Cameron, and French President Francois Hollande to open the new Thiepval Memorial Museum and honor those who died on July 1, 1916.

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Royal Round Up: Letizia, Maxima, Mathilde, Charlene, Elizabeth, Sophie, William

This week’s Royal Round Up includes someone we haven’t talked about in a while, Queen Letizia, dolling it up in a tiara. It also includes photocalls from Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde and theirs families; Princess Charlene celebrating Prince Albert‘s 10 year anniversary; and the Battle of Britain flypast and the 7/7 commemoration.

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Will, Kate and Harry view the poppy installation at the Tower of London

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The young royals continued their WWI commemorative events yesterday at the Tower of London. Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry visited the Tower to view the ceramic poppy installation “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” by Paul Cummins. The installation will consist (the last poppy will be placed on November 11) of 888,246 ceramic poppies–one for each British fatality during the war. The poppies are all handmade. The poppies are available to buy for £25, with the proceeds going to six service charities. According to the Royal Historic Palaces website, 10% from each poppy plus all net proceeds will go to the charities. If every poppy sells for £25, they will make £2,220,615 for charity.

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Kate, Will and Harry mark the 100th anniversary of the start World War I in Belgium

On August 4, 1914, after a tense summer of an assassination that led to backroom deals being called upon and will-they/won’t-they troop movement, Germany invaded neutral Belgium and attacked the city of Liege, prompting Britain to declare war on Germany, starting a four year war that ended with millions of deaths and many more millions of injuries. World War I has the highest death toll of dead and injured servicemen. World War I changed the face of Europe, resulting in the collapse of monarchies and empires: Austro-Hungarian Empire (collapsed and was dissolved in 1918 after their defeat); Ottoman Empire (wasn’t officially abolished until 1922, but due to the defeat in 1918 it was partitioned and weakened); Russian imperial family, the Romanovs (Russia’s partaking in WWI led to the Russian Revolution in 1917, causing Russsia to exit the war); German empire, House of Hohenzollerns (in 1918 the German empire was abolished and replaced by the Weimar Republic).

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, Belgium held a number of ceremonies in Liege and Mons, attended by numerous heads of state and other dignitaries. Britain’s representatives were Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. Prince Harry joined the commemorative events in Mons. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium presided over the events.

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Queen joins Obama and other heads of state for D-Day commemorations (DoE, Charles, Camilla, Will & Kate join in)

Obama helps Queen, Putin is sidelined

“These men waged war so that we might know peace.  They sacrificed so that we might be free.  They fought in hopes of a day when we’d no longer need to fight.” – President Obama.

On June 6, 1944, the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy.  To mark the 70th anniversary of that day, about 20 heads of state and world leaders gathered for a commemoration at Sword Beach.  There were a number of events the world leaders participated in, as well as meeting veterans.  The Queen laid a wreath at a memorial at the British War Cemetary in Bayuex.  President Obama made a speech at Omaha Beach.  There was a lunch for the leaders, and a group photo was taken.  The header photo is a photo of the Queen walking down the steps after the group photo was taken—yes, that’s Putin standing all by himself while others help the Queen down the stairs; really says it all.
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