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Today, Grand Duke Henri was in Belgium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First Battle of Ypres during World War I. The Grand Duke began the day in Brussels at the Musée Royal de l'Armée, which has hosted the exhibit 14-18, c’est notre Histoire since February of 2014.
Then at 3:00, Grand Duke Henri attended a ceremony at the King Albert I Monument in Nieuwpoort. Also present were King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, as well as Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. The event began with a speech from King Philippe and continued with testimonials from the war, a short film, a wreath-laying ceremony, and a moment of silence.
At 5:30, the participants attended another event at Ypres, during which the Prime Minister of Belgium spoke. This ceremony also included wartime testimonies and a commemorative wreath-laying. More details about the 100th anniversary event can be found at www.be14-18.be.