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Royal Oak Marks Waterloo Bicentenary by Welcoming the Duke of Wellington to Lecture Lineup

Chelcey Berryhill - Thursday June 18, 2015 9:00

On the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Royal Oak remembers a watershed moment in European history and announces our first lecture of the Fall season.

Wellington addresses his troops at Waterloo in this 1903 lithograph, courtesy of National Geographic

Wellington addresses his troops at Waterloo in this 1903 lithograph, courtesy of National Geographic

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, ending the advance of Napoleonic France and setting the stage for another century of British European dominance.

Leaders from around the world are remembering the historic battle, with Prince Charles unveiling a new monument to the battle. Military history buffs from around pouring into the Belgium village to stage a large-scale re-enactment.

The Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington, our first announced Fall 2015 lecturer

The anniversary is also an occasion for some fantastic retrospectives for us history enthusiasts to enjoy, including this memorable conversation with writer Bernard Cornwell in National Geographic, recapping the grisly battle and its profound legacy.

At Royal Oak, we’re excited to celebrate this important anniversary by announcing the first of our Fall 2015 lectures: Charles Wellseley, His Grace, The Ninth Duke of Wellington will speak to Royal Oak supporters in New York on November 18th and in Philadelphia on November 19th.

The Duke will discuss the Battle, the legacy created by the 1st Duke, and his own experience living in Apsley House, his family’s London home, and Stratfield Saye House, which Parliament gifted the Duke in 1817 as an acknowledgement for his victory at Waterloo. In an interview with The Telegraph, HG The Duke remarked on the connection he feels with his ancestors: “I’m incredibly fortunate to live in his houses every day of my life… Every time I go into the library, or wherever it is, I think that is where he worked – it’s a wonderful sensation.”

We at Royal Oak are incredibly fortunate to welcome such an esteemed speaker and are glad to mark this bicentenary by sharing the good news. Keep an eye on our blog for all the latest program happenings, including the opportunity to buy tickets to our upcoming Fall season.