Belgian royals mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes in snowy weather reminiscent of wintery conditions of the battle

Dressed in black, the Belgian royal family, including King Philippe (pictured), braved blizzards to lay wreaths at the McAuliffe monument in Bastogne, named after the American general who spearheaded the defence


A photo taken of the original, 1944.  Source.

Belgian royals turned out in blustery wind and snow today to commemorate the Battle of Bulge fought between the Nazis and allied forces 70 years ago.

The country’s King Philippe and his wife, Queen Mathilde, threw nuts into crowds of revellers as veterans were pushed in wheelchairs through the streets of Bastogne in southern Belgium.

Well-wishers dressed in GI uniforms to pay tribute to the American divisions which tirelessly defended the 70-mile stretch of woodland in the 1944 battle, known for having been fought under thick, cold mist…