Helen Mirren's touching tribute to lives lost in horrific WWI battle

The Menin Gate at Ypres near the site of the Battle

The three-month battle claimed the lives of half a million men and the highest military award, the Victoria Cross, was awarded 61 times.

The haunting sounds of the Last Post echoed through Ypres as leading politicians and members of the royal family led tributes in Belgium to those who died in one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War.

The duke and duchess of Cambridge have taken part in Belgium for the commemorations on two days of the anniversary of the awful battle of Passchendaele.

On Monday, the anniversary of the start of the battle, commemorations will continue with a special service held at Tyne Cot cemetery, where thousands are buried and commemorated.

It's 100 years since the start of the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the most brutal conflicts of the first world war.

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Britain's royals are scheduled to join Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on Sunday for a ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, which is etched with the names of thousands of missing soldiers. "Today, said with gravity, the future king of England in power, the Menin Gate lists the almost 54,000 names of men who had not returned, the missing who have no known grave".

"During the First World War Britain and Belgium stood shoulder to shoulder".

The memorial included performances by the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and is set to end with the Last Post on a lone bugle, whose strains have been heard every evening since 1928. The duchess Catherine, who had opted for outfits clear the two days, as to bring light into these black memories, has laid a wreath.

It was fought between July 31 and November 10 1917 in battlefields that were summed up in poet Siegfried Sassoon's line "I died in hell, they called it Passchendaele".

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