The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Belgium for two days of World War I centenary commemorations.
On Sunday, 30 July, William and Kate attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate – a memorial for the Battle of Ypres. They were joined with two hundred descendants of military veterans who fought at the battle.
William and Catherine laid a wreath at the memorial, where the Duke gave a short speech.
Thousands of poppies were dropped from the sky as a memorial for those who died.
In the evening, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the King and Queen of the Belgians for a special commemorative event.
The following day, on Monday 31st July, William and Kate visited Bedford House, the final resting place of more than 5,000 WWI service members.
The next event was just as sobering – the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the King and Queen of the Belgians at Tyne Cot. Tyne Cot sadly contains the largest number of wartime burials; 11,961 soldiers of WW1 are buried there, of which 8,373 are “unknown.”
William read “”A Soldier of The Great War Known Unto God” as Catherine laid a wreath.
The visit was overall a sober and salient reminder that we must not forget the Great War.