Duke of Kent pays tribute to war dead in Malta

The Queen’s cousin the Duke of Kent is in Malta to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

He paid tribute to the war dead during a special ceremony at Pieta Military Cemetery.

The Duke laid a wreath to honour the 1,300 soldiers and sailors from Britain, Australia, India and New Zealand who are buried in the cemetery.

Ian Hussein from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission said: ‘We are delighted to welcome His Royal Highness to Pieta Military Cemetery to honour the memory of the fallen Commonwealth servicemen.

‘A century later, we gather to reflect on the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of all those who served.

‘We will ensure that their memory is never forgotten.’

The Duke also visited Fort Rinella in Kalkara and was shown around the Victorian barracks which is now one of Malta’s most popular museums.

The coastal battery was built in 1878 and is home to the Armstrong 100-ton gun to defend the island against enemy attacks.

The fort is now run by volunteers who bring history back to life for the thousands of visitors who tour the historic site every year.

Photos: UK in Malta – British High Commission Valletta

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