HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The King and Queen of Belgium and other dignitaries for the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres on Sunday 30th July 2017 to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele .
The Battle of Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ypres was a major engagement in the First World War, that began on 31 July 1917 and claimed the lives of around 275,000 British and Commonwealth military personnel and around 200,000 German lives.
The Menin Gate bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known and is one of four memorials in the area known as the Ypres Salient in Belgian Flanders.
The Ypres Salient stretched from Langemarck in the north to the northern edge in Ploegsteert Wood in the south, but it varied in area and shape throughout the war.
Every evening at exactly 8 ‘o’clock, at the Menin Gate, buglers play The Last Post in a simple, but moving tribute to the memory of the soldiers who fought and died here so many years ago .
After the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate, which has happened for over 90 years, a Sunset Ceremony took place at the Cloth Hall, Ypres .
The Cloth Hall in the Market Square provided the backdrop to an evening of storytelling and music about the experience of soldiers during four years of war on the Ypres Salient.
Music, readings and stirring music were added to the traditional Last Post Ceremony.
Photographers: Sgt Ross Tilly and PO Phot Owen Cooban Images:© UK MoD Crown Copyright 2017