William & Kate Travel to Belgium to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of WWI

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William and Kate joined world leaders in the east Belgium city of Liege to mark 100 years since Britain entered the First World War.

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Britain plunged into war with Germany at 11pm on August 4, 1914 and an estimated 17 million soldiers and civilians were killed during the bloody conflict.

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The Cambridge’s first stop was at the L’Abbaye Saint-Laurent where they were greeted by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

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Representing the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a morning ceremony of commemoration at the Cointe Inter-allied Memorial. They were joined by dignitaries from countries across Europe, including France, Belgium and Germany along with families of the fallen.

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Upon commencement of the ceremony, a luncheon was held at Belgium’s Prince-Bishops’ Palace.

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After lunch, William and Kate (and also where the couple were joined by Prince Harry) headed to the events in Mons — the scene of a do-or-die rearguard action by British troops later in August 1914, and also the place where the last British soldier was killed on November 11, 1918.

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The Mons ceremony focused on the small military cemetery of St Symphorien, where 229 Commonwealth and 284 German solders were buried together.

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As the sun went down, the trio attended the third and last commemorative event of the day. It was an hour-long twilight service at the Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons.

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The event was organized by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and included music and poetry.

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The Duchess couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate ensemble and looked stunning in a bespoke, cream coat dress by Alexander McQueen. It featured a full pleated skirt, long sleeves, dropped waist and an adorable Peter Pan collar.

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Thanks for the tip from ‘Kate’s Closet on FB, who shared a similar Alexander McQueen coat dress currently on sale for $2,883.45 (originally $4,276.35). The black wool blend coat features a turnover collar, a fitted waist, long sleeves, a flared and pleated lower section and a pleated storm flap to the rear.

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Kate topped off the look with a matching ‘Fleur – Ruffle’ beret adorned with dusty pink peonies by Jane Taylor. The summery blooms perched atop her hat seemed to echo the fresh flowers laid on the war memorial at St Symphorien cemetery in Mons by Prince William.

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Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her favorite pair of nude LK Bennett Sledge heels, her bespoke Alexander McQueen clutch and kept her signature tousled tresses pinned back to reveal her Kiki McDonough diamond and pearl drop earrings.



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