Belgian royals mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes in snowy weather reminiscent of wintery conditions of the battle

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde participate in the ceremonies commemorating the Battle Of The Ardennes Forest otherwise known as the Battle Of The Bulge. I tip my hat to them for showing up even in a strong winter storm. Bravo Zulu to The King and Queen.

  • The Battle of the Bulge was one of the bloodiest of the Second World War
  • Saw thousands of Nazi troops descend on Ardennes without notice
  • U.S. Army soldiers defended heavily forested region in Belgium
  • Belgian royal family turned out to greet veterans and commemorate war
King Philippe lays a wreath at a monument commemorating the Battle of the Bulge or the Ardennes Offensive fought by American troops and Nazi infiltrators 70 years ago
King Philippe lays a wreath at a monument commemorating the Battle of the Bulge or the Ardennes Offensive fought by American troops and Nazi infiltrators 70 years ago
The royal was accompanied by her husband, King Philippe
Queen Mathilde braved the wintery conditions to pay respect to the thousands of troops killed in the battle
In homage to the U.S. Army General Anthony McAuliffe, who responded: 'Nuts!' when confronted with an ultimatum by the German army, the Belgian royal family threw nuts into the crowds today  
In homage to the U.S. Army General Anthony McAuliffe, who responded: ‘Nuts!’ when confronted with an ultimatum by the German army, the Belgian royal family threw nuts into the crowds today
WWII veteran Bob Izumy of the 101st AB 506, left, hands over a gift to King Philippe during the celebrations
WWII veteran Bob Izumy of the 101st AB 506, left, hands over a gift to King Philippe during the celebrations

I am part Flemish by my Paternal Grandmother. Belgium may have issues these days. At least the Belgians still remember the actions of the 101st at Bastogne which kept the Wermacht from occupying their country a second time during the Second World War. I am proud of that heritage to this day.

God Save The King.

God Save The Queen
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