William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele

William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles today paid solemn visit to Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ypres as they commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele – where hundreds of thousands of allied soldiers fell.

William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele
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Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in terms of burials. There are 11,961 soldiers of World War 1 buried here, of which 8,373 are “unknown”.

William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele
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They were joined by King Philippe of Belgium, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Sir Timothy Laurence and Theresa May at the Cemetery.

William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele
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The Cross of Sacrifice that marks many CWGC cemeteries was built on top of a German pill box in the centre of the cemetery, purportedly at the suggestion of King George V, who visited the cemetery in 1922 as it neared completion.

William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele
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Prince Charles today addressed the gathering at the cemetery. In his speech HRH quoted his great-grandfather King George V and remarked, ” Drawn from many nations, we come together in their resting place… to promise that we will never forget.”

William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele
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Kate laid a posey as William read, “A Soldier of The Great War Known Unto God”.

William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele
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Trumpeters from the Band of The Royal Marines play the Last Post and Reveille.

At the end of the ceremony four Belgium Defence F16’s fly the Missing Man Formation fly over Tyne Cot Cemetery.

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William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele
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Earlier in the day William and Kate visited Bedford House, the final resting place of more than 5,000 Servicemen of WWI.

William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele
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There the royal couple met some Commonwealth War Graves Commission interns who help visitors understand the stories of servicemen in this cemetery, before viewing some of the graves.

William and Kate joined Prince Charles in Belgium to Mark the Centenary of Passchendaele
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Today Duchess chose a delicate dusty pink Venetian wool ‘Melrose’ coatdress from her go-to designer Catherine Walker.

Catherine Walker Venetian wool 'Melrose' coatdress
Catherine Walker Venetian wool ‘Melrose’ coatdress

The dress features hand applique taupe corded lace spreading up from the hem and cuff. A look at the detailing.

Catherine Walker Venetian wool 'Melrose' coatdress
Catherine Walker Venetian wool ‘Melrose’ coatdress

Duchess paired the outfit with a Jane Taylor creation.

Jane Taylor Hat
Jane Taylor Hat

Duchess paired her dress with pink Prada Clutch. It seems today Duchess wore a new pair of Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps. HeavenQRF on twitter believes they are the Suede Gianvito Heels. Heels are available at Forward .

Kate Middleton Prada Clutch
Prada Clutch
Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumpe
Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumpe

Kate wore Diana’s Collingwood pearl earrings that she wore on State Banquet earlier in July and the pearl brooch, borrowed from Her Majesty, that complimented the whole look.

Diana's Collingwood pearl earrings
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