The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry spent a second day in Thiepval, France, for a series of commemorative and memorial events surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
The first event took place again at the Thiepval Memorial, where William, Catherine and Harry officially re-opened the Thiepval Visitor’s Centre, following a large renovation. The Visitor’s Centre welcomes guests to the Memorial and also acts as a museum for the battle.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Timothy Lawrence, and a number of other dignitaries at a memorial service at the Thiepval Memorial.
Following the service, William, Kate, and Harry mingled with guests and chatted to a few school children. They all admitted their french was very rough, although the students were surely charmed. Later in the afternoon, the royals attended a private luncheon.
For the somber tone of the event, the Duchess wore a nude-over-black lace dress. The lace is confirmed to be from Sophie Hallette, although the designer of the dress itself remains unknown. Kate also wore Gianvito Rossi shoes, her Mulberry clutch, Anoushka pearl drop earrings, and a hat by Sylvia Fletcher.
The presence of the British royals at these commemorative events show how grave and important the battle of the Somme – and the many lives lost – still is today. It was surely a moving event for all of those present.
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