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HRH The Duke of Kent Visited War Graves in Ireland

30 April 2013

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, visited Ireland on 1 and 2 May to inspect war graves and took part in ceremonies to honour those who fought and died during the two world wars.

The Duke visited five cemeteries in the Dublin area which were selected by the Commission to illustrate the diversity of Commonwealth War Graves sites in Ireland that the Commission maintains with the assistance of the Office of Public Works, local government, cemetery trusts and contractors.

His Royal Highness said: "As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the graves, cemeteries and memorials cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission take on even greater significance - reminding future generations of the importance of those events, and of the need for continued remembrance of the fallen, their achievements and sacrifices.

"I look forward to seeing the variety of the Commission's task across the Republic and to meeting those whose generous support makes our work here possible."