Second blunder in two days for the visit of the royal couple of Belgium

News 13 March, 2018
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    Tuesday, 13 march, 2018 19:03

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    OTTAWA | another blunder marked on Tuesday, the second day of the visit to Canada by the royal couple of Belgium.

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    After that a German flag had been hung by mistake, the previous day, on the maple tree planted in 1977 by the queen Fabiola in the garden of Rideau Hall, is an error in the presentation of a relic of the First world War at the canadian war Museum in Ottawa.

    “The cannon of 18 pounds that you can see today comes from the memorial museum Passchendaele,” said the museum’s director, Caroline Dromaguet, on the occasion of a commemoration of the Great War in the presence of the royal couple.

    If the canadian military played a major role in Passchendaele, in the flemish part of Belgium, it is the city of Mons, in Wallonia, which has lent in January last the cannon at the Museum of the war in the framework of the centenary of the armistice.

    The error “was not as happy on the walloon side,” reported on Twitter, the political journalist Martine Dubuisson, belgian newspaper Le Soir.

    After the quack of the German flag yesterday, a new error to the Museum of the war: instead of talking about canon canada, lent by Mons, director adj of the museum spoke on “the canon that comes from the memorial museum Passchendael”. What has not been as happy on the walloon side… #BELCAN2018

    — Martine Dubuisson (@mad_soir) march 13, 2018

    The part was originally offered to Belgium by Canada after the armistice of 11 November 1918. The last cannon shots of the Great War would have been drawn from this canon, in the night of 10 to 11 November.

    The artifact will be included, as soon as October, in the exhibition “The last 100 days,” presented at the museum.

    During the event, the king Philippe of Belgium underlined the special ties that unite the military history of the two countries.

    “The canadian army has played a crucial role in the liberation of Belgium in 1918. It was at Mons that the last soldier, a Canadian, has lost the life during the war, two minutes before 11 a.m., November 11, 1918.

    Thanks to the support of Mons, the cannon that fired the last salvo of the war can be discussed here”, said the sovereign during a speech.