HRH the Duke of Cambridge unveils Christmas Truce Memorial

12 December 2014

Friday 12 December 2014

HRH The Duke of Cambridge has unveiled a memorial commemorating the 1914 Christmas Truce at the Arboretum today.

The memorial dedication is part of Football Remembers, a series of events in December being delivered jointly by the Premier League, The FA and the Football League in partnership with the British Council, to commemorate the First World War.

The design for the memorial was chosen by The Duke of Cambridge and Arsenal and England player Theo Walcott, after the Football Remembers competition open to more than 30,000 schools across the UK. The Duke met the young designer, ten-year-old Spencer Turner from Farne Primary in Newcastle, at the dedication ceremony.

The Duke was joined by FA chairman Greg Dyke, England Manager Roy Hodgson, Mike Foster, the Premier League’s director of football, Shaun Harvey, chief executive of the Football League and Sir Martin Davidson of the British Council. Also present was Sports Minister Helen Grant MP, who took part in a wreath laying, with representatives from the Armed Forces.

The special service included a rendition of Stille Nacht (Silent Night) by the Repton School Chamber Choir along with a reading of the Ode To Remembrance by Army Brigadier Steve Vickery.