The King’s Society visit to Ghent, Waterloo & Mons

This month marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and The King’s Society recently embarked on a fascinating overnight trip to Belgium accompanied by historian and battlefield guide Dr. Andrew Thomson. 

They enjoyed a walking tour of the beautiful Flemish canal city of Ghent, a visit to the Cathedral with its extraordinary 15th Century altarpiece by Jan Van Eyck, followed by a trip to the site of the Battle of Waterloo the next day. Dr. Thomson talked through the key stages of the battle as they looked at the battlefield from a variety of vantage points.

They also visited Mons which saw the first and last causality of the First World War stopping en route at the beautiful St Symphorien Cemetery where this photograph of the group was taken.