Monday, 11 November 2013

A Duke remembers

The Duke of Edinburgh was at Ypres today as part of the Armistice Day commemorations.  He saw the moving ceremony at the Menin Gate and was present as sacks of soil from Flanders Fields were loaded onto a funeral carriage to be taken back to England where they will be used for a special garden which will be opened by Queen Elizabeth II on Remembrance Day in 2014, the centenary of the start of World War One. As BBC Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, remarked while reporting on the duke's visit, those who fell have rested now for nearly one hundred years but those who are left behind will always keep on remembering them.

Prince Philip at the Menin Gate on November 11th 2013
And King Philippe of the Belgians led his country's commemorations for those who fell in armed conflict for the first time as monarch today.  He paid his respects at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Brussels.  Kings and princes may no longer lead their nation into battle but they still help lead the remembrance of those who gave their lives.
Philippe of the Belgians lays a wreath in Brussels on Armistice Day - his first time as king

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