Prince William And Kate Middleton Attend Battle Of Passchendaele Commemoration

Prince Charles, Prime Minister Theresa May and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the ceremony at Tyne Cot cemetery near Ypres where the battle took place.

The Battle of Passchendaele, described as one of the bloodiest battles of World War I, took place between July and November 1917 and led to almost 250,000 casualties on both sides the Allied Forces fighting the German Army.

A dawn cannon salute in western Belgium has marked the start of one of World War I's bloodiest battles 100 years ago.

The duke and duchess of Cambridge have taken part in Belgium for the commemorations on two days of the anniversary of the bad battle of Passchendaele.

King Philippe of Belgium, and his wife Queen Mathilde, were also present in remembering those who died in battle.

The prince said that Britain and Belgium "stand together.in remembrance of that sacrifice".

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It's 100 years since the start of the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the most brutal conflicts of the first world war.

As he spoke, thousands of paper poppies were dropped from the roof of the gate, which is engraved with the names of 54,391 British soldiers who have no known grave.

"Members of our families, our regiments, our nations; all sacrificed, all for the life that we live today".

They will hear the Last Post, which has been played at the gate by a bugler nearly every evening since 1928.

'This was a battle which touched communities across Europe and it is a privilege to be here in Belgium to stand as friends with the representatives of all the countries who took part in the battle - friends who continue to be strong allies'.

The British offensive was staged near Ypres from July 31 to November 10 1917, over fields of liquid mud.

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