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Crowds cheer royals.

THOUSANDS of wellwishers cheered the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as they stepped out to greet them from a balcony in Belgium where they marked 100 years since Britain's entry into the First World War.

Crowds thronged Mons town square as they were met at the local 15th-century town hall by dignitaries, including the country's prime minister Elio di Rupo and local mayor Nicolas Martin.

Outside the town hall, William, Kate and Harry were shown a monument to locals who died during the First World War.

Inside, they were shown war artefacts, in cluding a drum still in its original state after being found on a field following the Battle of Mons.

William remarked: "They are in good hands and well looked after."

After signing a remem brance book, William, Kate and Harry met mem bers of local civic society groups in the grand Salon Gothique room. Among them was 29yearold Elise Roche, who said afterwards: "I explained that we have a tradition called 'doudou',' which is a celebration involving a procession of some 1,000 people from 60 groups.

"The duchess was very interested and took time to see the book of pictures we brought along."

Former deputy mayor of Mons, Jacques Hamaide, said: "We are pleased to have the royals here because I am full of gratitude for the UK. It is a formidable day and one which we will never for get."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Aug 5, 2014
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