100 years on: Passchendaele remembered

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 1, 2017

William was joined at the ceremony by British Prime Minister Theresa May, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, and some 200 descendants of those who fought at Passchendaele.

According to PEOPLE, the royal couple observed the Menin Gate Memorial, where Prince William gave a speech about WWI's Third Battle of Ypres, also known as the Battle of Passchendaele, which took place 100 years prior.

He says "all this has been done for those thousands of young men who died here so we can live in freedom".

At the service, Prince Charles honored the "courage and bravery" of those killed and said the gathering was "to promise we will never forget".

Prince William and his wife, Kate, were given a tour of the cemetery and spoke to Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery (CWGC) interns at the site. This time, she dressed it up with a matching hat and grey pumps.

The blue skies and fluffy white clouds drifting over green Flanders fields for Monday's ceremony stood in stark contrast to the reality of Passchendaele 100 years ago, when heavy rains turned the battlefield into a quagmire.

The Battle of Passchendaele began on July 31, 1917.

But in the end, the Commonwealth troops advanced only five miles (eight kilometres), albeit weakening German defences. The tune has been played at the Menin Gate nearly every evening since 1928.

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