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Bicentenary commemorations of the Battle of Waterloo

Posted on Tuesday 17 February 2015

At the request of Waterloo 200 and the new Waterloo dispatch, Hare & Humphreys have accepted the charity commission to re-create the captured Napoleonic Imperial eagles. As a gesture to this momentous event and the bicentenary commemorations to be held in June 2015, Hare & Humphreys have committed to make replicas of the two Imperial Eagles captured at the battle. These Eagles will be carried with The New Waterloo Dispatch from the commemorations on the battlefield, retracing their historic steps to their home in the room at today’s East India Club, St. James's Square exactly 200 years to the day, 21st June... for further information please read below or follow the progress on our twitter page @harehumphreys

A message from Peter Hare.

In June this year we will commemorate the 200 years since the end of the devastating 23-year Napoleonic wars. The preceding wars that had raged across the world at sea and on land culminated with the Battle of Waterloo.


The bicentenary commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo 18th June 1815 and The New Waterloo Dispatch

The battle of Waterloo was one of the bloodiest days of battle in the history of mankind, claiming 50,000 lives with many more maimed and injured; over ten thousand horses suffered the same fate.

Surveying the mayhem of this catastrophic day, Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington said, "Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won".  He also admitted that it was "a damned nice thing - the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life"

The battle put an end to 23 years of warfare, changed the face of Europe for ever and brought peace to the continent for more than 40 years.

International state and public commemorative events are taking place this year, starting at Waterloo on 18 June and travelling throughout Europe, notably to Britain and Germany.

As a gesture to this momentous event and commemoration, we at Hare & Humphreys have committed to make replicas of the two Imperial Eagles captured at the battle. These Eagles will be carried with The New Waterloo Dispatch from the commemorations on the battlefield, retracing their historic steps to their home in the room at today’s East India Club, St. James's Square, where the originals were laid at the feet of the Prince Regent exactly 200 years to the day, 21st June. The Hon. Major Henry Percy was the officer entrusted with Wellington's hand-written dispatch and the two Eagles. He exclaimed to the Prince, “Victory! Victory! Napoleon is beaten".

From 3-D scans of the actual Eagles, our workshop will be creating over the next 3 months perfect replicas of the originals. We will be fine-tuning the modeling, working alongside other craftsmen who are creating the hand-embroidered “colours”, gilding them in the manner of the originals, before finally securing them to their 10’ poles, which will also carry the Standards.

If you would like to witness our craftsmen and women working on the Eagles contact me on +44 (0) 2078338806 or email me at Peter@hare-humphreys.co.uk

I have attached a letter from Peter Warwick, a dear friend and the Chairman of The New Waterloo Dispatch, one of the pillars of Waterloo 200, the official charity masterminding the commemorations. He will be delighted to let you have more information about the exciting commemorative events planned for June this year.

Moreover, if you would like to find out how you can also be directly involved with this momentous moment of European history and freedom by contributing to it, please respond to the attached letter from Peter Warwick.

Thank you for your time,

Peter Hare
Managing Director