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Battle of Waterloo bicentenary plans unveiled

09:27 20/06/2014

Organisers of the Battle of Waterloo bicentenary festivities unveiled their plans for June 2015 at a press conference on Thursday. The non-profit organisation Bataille de Waterloo 1815, which brings together the four municipalities where the battlefield is located as well as Wallonia and Walloon Brabant province, intends to celebrate the 200th anniversary in a dignified manner and to send out a message of peace to Europe.

The mainstay of the festivities will be two major battle reenactments and a ‘son et lumière’. There will also be an international colloquium on the battle, an exhibition recounting the lives of Napoleon and Wellington and the official inauguration of the recently restored ‘ferme d’Hougoumont’.

The battle reenactments on June 19 and 20 2015 will be the largest ever held in Waterloo. Around 5,000 will be dressed in the uniform of the time and 300 horses and 100 canons will be on the fields too.

Tickets for the bicentenary events have now gone on sale.

Written by Deborah Forsyth