Ceremonies around Great Britain and Europe were held in commemeration of the fallen on the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and David Cameron attended a twilight ceremony at St Symphorien Military Cemetery near Mons, Belgium.
The Prince of Wales was at a service in Glasgow, among other commemorations.
The conflict between 1914 and 1918 – which became known as the Great War – left 17 million soldiers and civilians dead.
Speaking to the gathered European leaders, Prince William said: “We were enemies more than once in the last century and today we are friends and allies. We salute those who died to give us our freedom. We will remember them.
In an address, Mr Cameron said: “Every war is cruel but this war was unlike any other – the unspeakable carnage, the unbearable loss, the almost unbelievable bravery. One hundred years on, it is right that we meet here and around the world to remember.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also visited the Tower of London where 888,246 ceramic poppies are being placed in the dry moat at the Tower- one for each soldier who died fighting for Britain and its colonies in WW1.
The installation by artist Paul Cummins is entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.
Other commemorations included:
- A wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Glasgow – one of many events being held in Scotland
- In Northern Ireland, a service at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast was attended by First Minister Peter Robinson and NI Secretary Theresa Villiers
- In Wales, a national service of remembrance at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff took place from 22:00
- In Dundee, a war memorial time capsule put together by postal workers in 1921 was opened
- A new memorial was unveiled in Bramley, Leeds, in honour of 500 fallen soldiers from the area
- All Saints Church in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, where World War One poet Wilfred Owen worked, put his poems to music
In Scotland, a service was held at Glasgow Cathedral – attended by Prince Charles, Mr Cameron, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, a number of Commonwealth figures and 1,400 others.
Prince Harry also unveiled a memorial arch in Folkestone, Kent, where a parade followed the route taken by millions of soldiers who marched to the harbour to begin their voyage to France in WW1.
Future British Royal family- Mothering Sunday with Prince George.The picture has been timed to whet the appetite here and abroad for their tour of New Zealand and Australia, where Prince George will be the Royal family’s not-so-secret weapon against republicanism when they arrive next week.
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So it is hardly overstating the case to say that Prince George’s public debut in New Zealand will be a moment in history, the first of many thousands of official engagements he will carry out during a life governed by duty.
At a personal level, it will also be a period of firsts for the Cambridges: their first time abroad as a family (the duke did not accompany his wife and son when they went to the Caribbean recently), the first time their son will mix with other babies, perhaps even the moment he takes his first steps.
As any parent knows, holidays or trips abroad are often the time when children reach landmarks in their development, and the Australian and New Zealand public (as well as royal watchers the world over) will be eager for any scrap of news.
It was in Australia that Prince William first began to crawl when he accompanied the Prince and Princess of Wales on a six-week trip in 1983, his own first foreign tour. In a letter to William’s godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, the Prince of Wales wrote: “Today he actually crawled for the first time. We laughed and laughed with sheer hysterical pleasure and now we can’t stop him crawling about everywhere.” By the time the family got to Government House in Wellington, the Prince was telling friends that his son was crawling “at high speed knocking everything off the tables and causing unbelievable destruction”.
Prince George will be nine months old before the end of the tour – the age his father was when he arrived in Australia in 1983.
There are already signs that Prince George is beating his father to key landmarks. At the beginning of March, the Duchess of Cambridge told friends that Prince George had not yet started crawling or eating solids, but while the Duke and Duchess were on holiday in the Maldives a fortnight ago, he managed to move on all fours for the first time, a month earlier than his father.
The photograph released to Sunday newspapers last night also shows that Prince George has inherited his mother’s brown eyes, although he has his father’s fair hair and cherubic cheeks.
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The British Royal Family on the occassion of Prince George’s Christening on 23rd October 2013.The Queen has been pictured with three future kings – the first such image of royal succession for nearly 120 years.
The monarch is shown with her son, the Prince of Wales, grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, and great-grandson, Prince George, to mark the royal christening.
It echoes a 1894 image from the future Edward VIII’s christening, showing him with his father, grandfather and great-grandmother – George V, Edward VII and Queen Victoria.
The pictures were taken by Jason Bell.
The four official portraits were taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House following Wednesday’s ceremony at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.
The reigning monarch and three future kings will, in all probability, occupy the British throne for considerably more than 100 years.
It is the “four monarchs” photograph that can genuinely be said to have historic significance.
The images were captured by Bell, who is renowned for his images of high-profile figures like Sir Paul McCartney, actress Scarlett Johansson and former England footballer David Beckham.
Prince George wears a replica of the intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, in 1841.
One imagines it must be pleasing for the Queen to have a sense of who will follow her so far into the future.
It is also the most visual of evidence of what the continuity of hereditary monarchy actually means.
The prince, who was born on 22 July, was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury during a private christening attended by just 22 members of the royal family.
The Cambridges broke with tradition to have their son christened at the Chapel Royal, where the coffin of the duke’s mother, Princess Diana, lay before her funeral.
The Queen, Charles and William were all christened at Buckingham Palace.
The godparents, announced ahead of the christening, are Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall.
Mrs Tindall is Prince William’s cousin, while the other six godparents are all friends of the royal couple.
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