HER ROYAL HIGHNESS Princess Anne will visit the Shrouds of the Somme memorial at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in November as the nation marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.
During a tour of the display on November 15 the Princess Royal will lead tributes to the 72,396 Commonwealth forces killed during Britain’s bloodiest battle but whose bodies were never recovered.
She is due to see for herself this unique art installation – with each of the Shrouds laid out side-by-side – which forms one of the major national events marking the historic centenary milestone.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to travel to the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, this November to view what has been described as “the most remarkable First World War commemoration you will ever see”.
Rob Heard, the artist who has hand-stitched each and every one of the small shrouds over the past five years said:
“We are so pleased Princess Anne is giving the Shrouds project the Royal seal of approval. I’m sure like the thousands of members of the public planning to travel to Stratford this November, Her Royal Highness will be moved by the Shrouds of the Somme as the nation remembers the huge sacrifices made during the First World War.”
The Queen’s daughter is due to pay her respects during the visit as well as meet some of the thousands of school children expected to visit the free installation between 8 and 18 November.
Picture credit: Chatham House [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons