Battle of Waterloo service attended by Royal Family
18 June 2015
From the section UK
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are among those who attended the service
Royal Family members have taken part in a service to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were among those at the event at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Representatives of the UK’s armed forces and all countries involved in the battle were in attendance, as well as descendants of men who fought in it.
The battle at Waterloo cost thousands of British and allied lives in the defeat of Napoleon’s forces.
Nearly 180,000 men fought for more than 10 hours, with more than 35,000 horses and some 500 cannons on the two sides.
The service, which was also attended by Prime Minister David Cameron, is part of a series of events marking the anniversary.
Also among the congregation was the Earl of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and the 9th Duke of Wellington.
Some 200 children and 200 teachers were invited, along with members of the public who entered a ballot for tickets.
British soldiers in full military regalia stood to attention outside the cathedral as guests went in.
Squadron Sgt Maj Tony Gray, 76, of the Light Cavalry, said: “This anniversary means a great deal.
“The battle changed history. Had we not won, we probably would be speaking French now.”
The Earl of Wessex was also in the congregation
Source:: BBC UK