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      Date: Dec 15, 2014
     Title: 2015: Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, two large re-enactments are organized to relive you one of the greatest moments of recent European history.


The two re-enactments should be able to benefit from the presence of more than 5,000 participants, 300 horses and cavaliers and some 100 canons. A figure that has never been achieved in the past. Certain groups from Australia and New Zealand, for example, are already organizing their trip. It is clear that the event is already anticipated on an international front.



The festivities for the Bicentenary will take place over five days, from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 June 2015.


The weekend will follow the program below:


June 17th: Inauguration of the newly restored Hougoumont farm.


June 18th: -Official celebration. Presence of military bands from the belligerents countries and the descendants of the principal belligerents.

-The bivouacs will be open from 10am to 6pm: visit of the living history tents and military camps.

-Sound and light show at 8pm, final with the re-enactors.


June 19th: Re-enactment Day 1, based on the famous charge of Drouet d'Erlon, from 8pm to 10pm.


June 20th: Re-enactment Day 2, focusing on another phase of the battle, from 8pm to 10pm.

Dinner and shows in the bivouacs.


June 21st: Procession of the French and Allied cavalry in Waterloo and Braine-l’Alleud. Flowers will be placed at the St Etienne of Braine l’Alleud Church and the Royal Chapel of Waterloo.


30 hectare of land were made available on the site of the battle who was witness to the historical events and which offers a clear visibility, where it would be possible to welcome up to 60,000 spectators per event (20.000 would be sit).



The site is open to visitors all year long.


Would you like more information?




ASBL « Bataille de Waterloo 1815 », 299 Route du Lion B - 1410 Waterloo.



Francoise Haffreingue

212-758-8130 x 253