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Prince of Wales attends Waterloo service of commemoration at St Paul's
18 June 2015
Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have attended a national service to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo at St Paul’s.Also in attendance at the service on Thursday 18 June were the Earl of Wessex, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prime Minister, President of the European Parliament, Lord Mayor of London and the Duke of Wellington.
Amongst the congregation were senior representatives of the Armed Services, representatives and ambassadors of all combatant countries involved in the Battle, and descendants of men who fought in the Battle.
200 children and 200 teachers were also invited, alongside members of the public who entered a ballot for tickets.
During the service, an anthologicon was read, drawn from extracts from contemporary accounts of events before, during and after the Battle by British, French and German readers under-laid by the sound of the organ.
The Bishop of London, The Right Reverend Richard Chartres preached, praising the "courage and resolution of the great Duke and those who fought with Wellington at Waterloo."
St Paul's is a fitting place for a service of this type as the Cathedral is the resting place of the first Duke of Wellington, who led the British troops in 1815.
You can discover more about all the events and activities that have taken place around the anniversary at www.waterloo200.org