The 18th June 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. As part of the bicentennial commemorative events the History Department at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls was invited to participate in the Waterloo 200 Project (one of only 200 schools to be involved). This has involved a small number of Year 9 students researching the life and experiences of a soldier who fought and died at the Battle of Waterloo.
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AGGS was represented at the official commemoration ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday 18th June by Mrs Bowyer and Grace from Year 12, who wrote:
“On the 18th of June 2015, 200 years after the Battle of Waterloo in which over 180,000 people lost their lives, I along with other students from around the country was lucky enough to attend a ceremony in commemoration at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The event was reported on the national news and was attended by a variety of people, including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prime Minister, David Cameron. They all proceeded in to the Cathedral prior to the service together with the colours and Guidions of the Battle of Waterloo. Following this, accounts of the day that shaped European history were read aloud by English, French and German descendants of those involved in the Battle. There were also sermons, hymns and an address by the 9th Duke of Wellington, Charles Wellesley. Furthermore, British soldiers in full regalia stood to attention with old military weaponry as dignitaries entered the service. The day was one of remembrance for the unfathomable loss of life but also of celebration, marking the battle that prevented European domination by Napoleon Bonaparte and affirmed Britain as a powerful member of Europe. It was an honour to attend the prestigious event which occurred alongside other forms of commemoration which took place across Europe, including a re-enactment of the day itself in Belgium.” Grace, Year 12