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Crown Prince Filip leads Remembrance Ceremony under the Menin Gate

13 November 2012

Hundreds of people attended the Remembrance Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ieper on Sunday. The tributes to the fallen were led by Crown Prince Filip of the Belgians, who laid the first wreath.

Other wreaths were laid by the Prime Minister and Governor of Flanders, the Mayor of Ieper, and the Ambassadors of the member governments of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and of the United States, Ireland and Germany.

Wreaths were also laid on behalf of veterans' associations and other organisations. The last wreath was laid on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by Air Chief Marshal Sir Joe French.  

The streets near the gate were thronged with people as a silence was observed to remember the fallen. At the end of the ceremony thousands of poppy leaves were let fall through the skylights in the roof of the gate.

For more Remembrance Sunday photos go to the special album we created on our Facebook page