The Royalist

08.04.14

William And Kate Mark World War I Centenary In Belgium

William and Kate's last job before they take the rest of the month off

Kate and William were in Belgium today to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War I.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen cream coat dress for the ceremony, also attended by President Hollande of France, at which she was guest of honour.

In a speech, William paid tribute to the current unity of Europe before thanking the Belgian people for their resistance to the invasion 100 years ago.

He also spoke of Germany, saying,  'We were enemies more than once in the last century. Today we are friends and allies.'

In London, a sea of ceramic poppies were released from the Tower of London to mark the date.

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Volunteers assemble an installation entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins, made of 888,246 ceramic poppies, at the Tower of London to commemorate the First World War. (Dan Kitwood/Getty)

This was the royal's  last  engaement for a while - William and Kate are taking the rest of August off, spending the month at Balmoral in Scotland.