Charles and Camilla Commemorate Battle of Loos 100th Anniversary
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesy, as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are known as whilst in Scotland, today attended a service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Loos, one of the largest British battles of World War One.
Dundee’s City Square was transformed into a ‘cathedral’ of sorts, for a service attended by over 1,000 people, including veterans, current servicemen and politicians. Representatives of the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church, and the Chaplain General to the Armed Forces took part in the service.
The Duke of Rothesay pays tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the Battle of Loos 100 years ago. pic.twitter.com/VomyyWKyjR
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) September 26, 2015
Prince Charles, who is the Royal Colonel of the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, laid a wreath at the memorial stone erected for the event emblazoned with the words Their name liveth for evermore, as did First Minister Nicola Sturgen.
The Duke and Duchess afterwards attended a reception for veterans and military personnel, where they unveiled a memorial plaque and Prince Charles delivered a speech, in which he said the example given by the Scottish soldiers during the First World War was “deeply humbling” and “something in which the people of Scotland can take enormous and justifiable pride.”
The Battle of Loos was a three week battle beginning on September 25, 1915 in which the British attempted to break the German defences in specific areas of France. 21,000 British soldiers perished in the battle, one third of which were Scottish, including Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, one of the Queen Mother’s older brothers.Filed under The United Kingdom
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