30 April 2014 - 17:23
Royal Family’s WW1 commemoration events announced

  
  Deputy Editor

Events to be attended by members of the Royal Family as part of commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the First World War were announced by Buckingham Palace today, with all senior members of the Royal Family taking part in remembrance activities.

 The Queen at the Cenotaph in London

The Queen at the Cenotaph in London

The Queen will attend a mass of commemoration at Crathie Kirk. Crathie Kirk is a Church of Scotland parish church in the Scottish village of Crathie. It is a frequently a place of worship for The Royal Family whilst they are in residence at Balmoral Castle.

The Duke of Edinburgh will also attend a church service of commemoration, at Sandringham Church. The church is northwest of Sandringham Estate. The Royal family attends services when in residence at Sandringham, most recently during Christmas.

The Duke of Rothesay (as Prince Charles is known in Scotland) will join a national service of remembrance for the Commonwealth in Glasgow, followed by a wreath placing in George Square.

A Vigil of Prayer service at Westminster Abbey will be attended by The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a service of remembrance hosted by the Government of Belgium at Liege. William and Catherine will later travel to St Symphorien Military Cemetery, a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Mons, Belgium, for a UK commemorative event.

The St Symphorien military cemetery is a First World War burial ground in the Belgian province of Hainaut. It was established and looked after by the German army from August 1914 until November 1918, when it given to the Allies. The cemetery contains the graves of 229 Commonwealth servicemen and 284 German soldiers.

Prince Harry will attend the “Step Short” commemorative event in Folkestone. He will then join The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will attend a service of commemoration at Guildford Cathedral.The Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit, Guildford is the Anglican cathedral at Guildford, Surrey and was designed by Sir Edward Maufe.

The Princess Royal will attend a service of commemoration at the WWI memorial chapel in Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight. In 1919 The Chapel of St Nicholas in Carisbrooke Castle became the Island War Memorial. It was completed in 1929. The memorial contains 14 panels and lists the names of the 1624 who lost their lives from the area in World War I.

The Duke of Kent will launch an exhibition of First World War photography at an event sponsored by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Imperial War Museum.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will attend a service of commemoration in Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

photo credit: Defence Images via photopin cc



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