Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WE SALUTE THOSE WHO DIED FOR US; WW1 COMMEMORATIONROYALS PAY TRIBUTE TO THE FALLEN HEROESWILLIAM SPEAKS OF 'POWER OF RECONCILIATION' MEMORIAL MARKS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WAR'S OUTBREAKIt's Unthinkable That We Fight Ever Again, Says WilliamEurope's Leaders Unite to Mark Outbreak of Great War as Prince Pays Tribute to 'These Trenches That Have Left an Indelible Scar'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WE SALUTE THOSE WHO DIED FOR US; WW1 COMMEMORATIONROYALS PAY TRIBUTE TO THE FALLEN HEROESWILLIAM SPEAKS OF 'POWER OF RECONCILIATION' MEMORIAL MARKS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WAR'S OUTBREAKIt's Unthinkable That We Fight Ever Again, Says WilliamEurope's Leaders Unite to Mark Outbreak of Great War as Prince Pays Tribute to 'These Trenches That Have Left an Indelible Scar'

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Byline: Robert Jobson Royal Editor in Liege

PRINCE WILLIAM today spoke of the "power of reconciliation" as he and the Duchess of Cambridge joined world leaders in Liege to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

To an audience including German and Austrian presidents Joachim Gauck and Heinz Fischer he said: "We were enemies more than once in the last century, and today we are friends and allies. We salute those who died to give us our freedom. We will remember them."

William also praised how, as Europeans, we had worked together to promote "democracy, prosperity, the rule of law" and "shared values" around the world.

Speaking at a service at the Cointe Inter-Allied Memorial, he said: "The fact that, Mr Presidents, you are here today to represent Germany and Austria, and that other nations, then enemies, are here too, bears testimony to the power of reconciliation.

"Not only is war between us unthinkable, but former adversaries have worked together for three generations to spread and entrench democracy, prosperity and the rule of law across Europe, and to promote our shared values around the world."

The royal couple were welcomed to Liege by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium at the former Benedictine monastery L'Abbaye Saint-Laurent, and the prince spoke passionately about the impact of war and praised the Belgian people for their courage. He said: "The peace that we here enjoy together as allies and partners does not simply mean no more bloodshed -- it means something deeper than that."

He noted that just days before the outbreak of war people from all over Europe were enjoying themselves together on Continued on Page 2 Continued from Page 1 Belgian beaches along with German holidaymakers.

He said: "During four terrible years, those same Europeans were engulfed by killing and destruction. Among the very first victims were the people of Belgium, whose resistance was as gallant as their suffering was great. "The magnificent war memorial where we gather today honours the city of Liege and its people for their courageous resistance in 1914. The memorial -- and this ceremony -- also honours all Belgians, who fought, suffered and died in the Great War.

"Your great sacrifice and your contribution to eventual victory was pivotal. Belgium's resistance in 1914 allowed the Allies to re-group and draw up the battle lines which became the infamous trenches.

"These trenches have left an indelible scar on your land -- they speak of the horrors of war but also of your forebears' courage."

Later today William and Kate will attend events in Mons -- the scene of a do-or-die rearguard action by British troops later in August, and also the place where the last British soldier was killed on November 11, 1918. …

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