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Monday, 31 July 2017

Centenary of Passchendaele commemoration should not be about a woman in a hat.

Kate stuns in white as Prince William leads Battle of Passchendaele centenary service.

Kate marks Battle of 100 years since Passchendaele
A woman in a hat.
It is not often that I agree with the "Fleet Street Fox" Susie Boniface, but last night on the Paper Preview, she got it absolutely right. 
Yesterday, the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the official commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.The newspaper today, almost exclusively, carry many photographs and video's of them meeting other dinatories, shaking hands, looking serious or smiling for the cameras. I have not yet found any photographs of the Tyne Cot Cemetery, or the  Market Square,in Ypres, or  the Last Post ceremony which has taken place every evening since 1928 at nearby Menin Gate, or the parades and falling Poppy leaves or any of the thousands of other photographs which must have been taken in Ypres yesterday. The front pages of practically every newpaper reduce this poignant event to, as the Fleet Street Fox put it, a story about a woman in a hat.

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Fleet Street Fox.

The third battle of Ypres began on July 31, 1917. They called it Passchendaele.

John Yates's photo.                         John Yates's photo.

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The Last Post is sounded inside the Menin Gate in Ypres