On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales will attend commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. The event will be held at the Australian National Memorial, near Villers-Bretonneux in France on Anzac Day, Wednesday 25th April. His Royal Highness will join the Prime Ministers of Australia and France at this commemoration.
His Royal Highness will observe the Spirit of Place ceremony, which will include a reading of the roll of honour of soldiers who died in 1918 and an indigenous musical performance. A Dawn Service will follow, during which His Royal Highness will deliver a reading and lay the first wreath of the official wreath laying ceremony.
His Royal Highness will proceed to an official breakfast to meet with representatives from 17 invited nations who fought on the Western Front. Finally, His Royal Highness will visit the newly opened Sir John Monash Centre to tour the cutting edge multimedia exhibition, which aims to tell the story of Australia on the Western Front.
Approximately 8000 Australian, French and other international visitors are expected to gather for the commemorations, including some whose ancestors fought and died in the conflict.
NOTES TO EDITORS
• In 2017, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales attended the Canadian Vimy Ridge Centenary Commemorations and events in Belgium to mark the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele