Royals to commemorate Battle of the Somme

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in France this summer.

Royals to commemorate Battle of the Somme

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will join Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in France this summer.

The royal family will travel to northern France to honour the casualties of the battle.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will attend a vigil at Westminster Abbey but won't travel to France for the commemoration.

The events will take place over two days, June 30 and July 1.

In total there were over one million casualties with almost 20,000 British soldiers killed on the first day.

It was previously revealed that Queen Elizabeth - who turns 90 this year- wants to cut down on her workload and is planning to hand over some of her duties to the younger generation of royals.

She has reportedly decided to pass on her patronage of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, which is responsible for Wimbledon, to her granddaughter-in-law Catherine.

Prince Harry is set to replace his grandmother as patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), while Catherine's husband Prince William has been tipped to take over the role of patron of the Football Association from his grandmother.

According to The Sunday Times: "The queen is understood to be assessing how much time she can now devote to the 628 organisations and charities to which she is affiliated."

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