Waterloo celebrates Wellington and Braine-l’Alleud heals the wounded
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    Waterloo celebrates Wellington and Braine-l’Alleud heals the wounded

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    Events to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo continue. After the final reconstruction yesterday evening, different activities took place on the last day of celebrations in the battlefield communes. Wellington will march through the centre of Waterloo as victor, accompanied by some of his troops, from 11am. In Braine-l’Alleud, after the broadcast of a mass on RTBF and France 2, the Saint Etienne church will once again serve as a hospital for the French wounded. It did so 200 years ago, the day after the battle. An “1815 village” has been opened near the Braine-l’Alleud church. The televised mass will start at 10.45am. Reconstructions will start at 11am, and reach the church at the end of the service. There will be a flying ambulance, based on a model imagined by the surgeon Dominique Larrey. Reconstructions will pay tribute to the victims treated in the church 200 years ago. A reconstruction of the treatments given to the injured, and other events, will continue until 5pm.

    In Waterloo, visitors will find a completely different atmosphere; the return of the victorious Wellington, which will start at 11am. Accompanied by 750 allied soldiers, he will triumphantly enter the town, marching past the Richelle drève and Wellington museum. A tribute to the victims will take place at the Royal chapel of Saint Joseph church.

    Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)