This year saw the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo where the Duke of Wellington and his army celebrated victory over the Emperor Napoleon on 18 June 1815. To mark the occasion, commemorative events were organised in both Belgium and the UK.
It all started with a tweet from Premier Di Rupo to President Obama just before the World Cup Football match between the USA and Belgium. The Belgian Prime Minister promised a supply of Belgian beers if the American team were to win. Likewise, the American Ambassador in London organised a wager with Ambassador Trouveroy. Ambassador Barzun would be cooking and serving American pancakes for the Belgian Embassy staff at the Residence in Belgrave Square if the Belgian team were to beat the US. Ambassador Trouveroy promised a hamper with Belgian delicacies if the American team were to win.
On 12th July, the annual Belgian Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall took place. On this occasion, HRH Prince Laurent, representing the Belgian King, laid a wreath at the monument. The ceremony was also attended by the Belgian Defence Minister and the UK vice-Minister of Defence, various British and Belgian civil and military authorities and veterans as well as detachments from military education establishments.
As part of a series of official visits to European capitals, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited the United Kingdom on 13 March. The couple was accompanied on their day trip by Minister Didier Reynders.