‘I am often asked whether we should not now, in these days of European unity, forget Waterloo and the battles of the past.
My reply is, history cannot be forgotten and we need to be reminded of the bravery of the thousands of men from many nations who fought and died in a few hours on 18th June 1815 and why their gallantry and sacrifice ensured peace in Europe for 50 years’.
His Grace the Duke of Wellington, KG LVO OBE MC DL
(The 8th Duke passed away on 31 December 2014.
Waterloo 200 regrets that the most passionate supporter of the commemorations surrounding the bicentenary of Waterloo did not live to see the event itself.)