Kate Middleton, Prince William Visit Belgium in Commemoration of World War I: Photos
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are paying a visit to Belgium in commemoration of the anniversary of World War I. They arrived Monday at the city of Liége, attending WWI centenary events in recognition of the Aug. 4, 1914 conflict in Belgium at the start of the war.
The Duchess, 32, looked elegant for the somber event. She wore a fitted cream-colored coat dress with a Peter Pan collar and a pleated skirt, paired with nude pumps. With her hair straight and half-up, she wore a cream and coral headpiece to finish off the look.
Her husband, also 32, was stately in a trim navy blue suit, white collared shirt, and red and blue striped tie. He wore his ribboned medals, and completed his suit with a pair of black dress shoes.
The royal couple was greeted in Belgium by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, and spent time chatting with French President Francois Hollande.
During the Monday morning events, Prince William addressed the crowd, giving a speech on the war and honoring the people of Belgium.
"Your great sacrifice and your contribution to eventual victory was pivotal," he said of the country's fight in WWI. "Belgium's resistance in 1914 allowed the Allies to regroup and draw up the battle lines which became the infamous trenches. These trenches have left an indelible scar on your land—they speak of the horrors of war but also of your forebears' courage… Many nations here today, the United Kingdom among them, owe you a great debt of gratitude for your fortitude and resistance."
"Your Majesties, if I may say so, Belgium's steadfast remembrance of your war dead, and ours, is a great credit to your nation," Prince William continued. "On behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, head of the Commonwealth, thank you for the honor you do us all… We were enemies more than once in the last century, and today we are friends and allies. We salute those who died to give us our freedom. We will remember them."
The Duke and his wife will continue their remembrances of the war this week, when they join Prince Harry at the Tower of London on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The trio will visit the poppy installation to reflect on WWI.