The Battle of Waterloo, which took place on 18 June 1815, was a watershed moment in European history, with the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte ending one of the bloodiest periods of warfare seen to that date. This year will mark 200 years since the Duke of Wellington’s finest hour, an occasion set to be marked by a number of events at home and on the continent.

English Heritage will mark the bicentenary with a series of exhibitions at key locations associated with the Duke, including Apsley House and Wellington Arch in London, which will host exhibitions of objects including his hand-written battle orders and a pair of his famous ‘Wellington Boots’. Walmer Castle in Kent, where the Duke spent his final days, will tell a more personal story of the Duke and his legacy.



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