Princess Elisabeth of the Belgians begins her speech at Lichtfront
The first flame was lit at Nieuwpoort on the North Sea and a wall of lights extended across Belgium to Ploegsteert on the French border where the royals attended a service at the war memorial. And the last to speak was the future queen.
Princess Elisabeth begins her speech at Ploegsteert
Her words touched on hope for the future. She told those listening that no one would ever forget those who died in the war and that it was up to the young to hold the torch high in the future. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde watched as she continued her speech in three languages.
Proud parents - King Philippe and Queen Mathilde listen to their daughter make the most important speech of her life so far
Lichtfront involved 8,400 volunteers holding flames, lights and beacons across 84 kilometres to light up the dusk and fading skies in memory of those who went to war. The lights went on over an hour and a half and came to an end with the young princess' promise to keep the light burning brightly in the future. And as she went back to her seat her parents couldn't hide their pride as their little girl took another step into her royal future.