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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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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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