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Belgium wants British Queen and Obama in Nieuwpoort and Ieper

Brussels: The ceremony in Ieper and Nieuwpoort takes place on 28 October next year and is only one of several major events to remember and honour the victims of the Great War (1914-1918). Apart from the Queen and the American president, some 50 other heads of state and government leaders can look forward to an invitation to visit the Westhoek region in West Flanders, which was the scene of one of the most notorious battlefields in the First World War.

“It is not certain that all of them will accept King Albert II’s invitation”, Paul Breyne told Het Nieuwsblad. Mr Breyne coordinates the preparations for the different commemoration services. 28 October 2014 may seem a long time from now, but the preparations are already going on.

“We are working out the exact schedule, also taking into account security and mobility aspects. But, as things are looking now, we will start the day in Nieuwpoort and head to Ieper later during the day.”

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