Unveiling of Waterloo statue at Hougoumont Farm, Belgium

The Prince of Wales unveiled Vivien’s memorial to the British who fell at Waterloo on the battlefield at Hougoumont Farm in Belgium on 17 June.

The farm at Hougoumont played a crucial role in the victory of the Duke of Wellington’s allied army over Napoleon’s French forces in 1815, and saw some of the fiercest fighting of the battle.

The memorial depicts two life-size soldiers struggling to close the farm’s north gate to save it from being overrun by the French.

Soldiers from the Coldstream Guards managed to shut the gate and Wellington later said the outcome of Waterloo “turned on the closing of the gates at Hougoumont”.

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