Prince Charles and Camilla joined other European dignitaries in commemorating the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I today, Tuesday, November 11, 2008. They had arrived in Paris on Monday and had dinner with France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at Elysee Palace.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy welcome Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at the Elysee Palace on November 10, 2008 in Paris, France.
Tuesday’s Armistice Day ceremony was held in Douaumont, near the site of the Battle of Verdun, where about 300,000 soldiers died. Prince Charles, Australia’s governor-general Quentin Bryce, Sarkozy and Germany’s Peter Mueller laid wreaths at the site’s memorial.
A ceremony at London’s Cenotaph was held with the three surviving British WWI veterans attending. The three veterans are Henry Allingham, 112, Harry Patch, 110 and Bill Stone, 108, from the RAF, Army and the Royal Navy, respectively. The Duchess of Gloucester, patron of the World War I Veterans Association, represented the royal family at the Cenotaph ceremony.
A separate program was held at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas, Staffordshire. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent attended this event on behalf of the Queen.
via BBC; image credit: Newscom