Princess Anne to attend Zeebrugge Raid commemoration
The Princess Royal and her husband will be in Zeebrugge and Bruges on 21 April to commemorate the Zeebrugge Raid
More than 200 casualties
The Zeebrugge Raid was carried out by the Royal Navy and involved sinking obsolete vessels in order to stop German shipping and U-boats from leaving the port. A concurrent operation was carried out in Ostend.
The operation in Zeebrugge was unseccessful, as the ships were not such at the most strategic location, and German submarines were able to pass through at high tide after a few days. While the Germans lost 24 men, the British lost 225 naval officers, and more than 400 were wounded.
The Raid took place on 23 April 1918, but the commemoration is being held on the Saturday previous, 21 April. The Princess Royal and Sir Tim, a retired naval officer, will also visit the exhibition 1914-18, the Battle for the North Sea in Bruges.
The couple were most recently in Flanders last autumn for the Last Post ceremony in Ypres on Armistice Day.
Photo: Princess Anne at the Menin Gate on 11 November 2017
First World War
lives lost in West Flanders
annual visitors to the Westhoek
First Battle of Ypres