Famous Guide at Waterloo

August 16, 2017 - The Chairman

Through one of Waterloo 200’s associations with the website, The Online Book Company, a fascinating story has come to light.  A lady in the United States has unearthed her ancestor as Joseph Munday who was a friend of Sergeant Cotton and took over his guiding business on the battlefield of Waterloo when Cotton died in […]

Wellington Looks On

July 20, 2017 - The Chairman

Passing by Aldershot the other day I espied the famous statue of Wellington, which once upon a time sat on top of the Wellington Arch when it was aligned with Decimus Burton’s famous screen. I am always amused by the cartoon by John Leech which depicts the statue being moved down Edgeware Road on its way […]

Napoleon to Joséphine

July 8, 2017 - The Chairman

In a recent Country Life an article covered the love letters of famous men.  One of the letters was a letter from Bonaparte to Joséphine, the future Empress. It reads: “I do not love thee anymore; on the contrary I detest thee.  Thou art horrid, very awkward, very stupid, a very Cinderella.  Thou dost not […]

An interesting church

May 19, 2017 - The Chairman

Yesterday I attended the Memorial Service to Sir Ronald Hobson who died aged 96.  The service was held in the Grosvenor Chapel in South Audley Street.  Its a most beautiful church which might have been a Wren church but is not.  There are two relevant connections to Waterloo in this event. Foremost Ron Hobson was […]

Wellington’s Legacy

May 11, 2017 - The Chairman

The other day  several ex members of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment which was sadly amalgamated in 2006 gathered at the school in Berkshire named after The Great Duke, Wellington College. School and Regiment meet.  It is now a leading public school and nurtures the memory of the Duke.  We were treated to a drumming […]

A lost Waterloo colour?

May 7, 2017 - The Chairman

Last week another interesting cutting in the Times.  This time on a Regimental colour from… allegedly Waterloo.  It says the colour was found in bits and when cleverly re assembled, there and behold was a colour of the Coldstream Guards.  However on examination of the photo in the paper I spotted a “Sphinx”.  This to […]

Marengo’s hooves …again!

May 1, 2017 - The Chairman

There has today been an interesting article about Marengo’s hooves  in the Times.  I mentioned recently the interesting moment when these two hooves were re-united.  I show the article, which you can properly read on The Times website. As you will know we already have both  hooves on our website at http://waterloo200.org/200-object/horses-hoof-snuff-mill/ and the other at http://waterloo200.org/200-object/marengos-hoof-snuffbox/.  One can […]

Napoleonic miniatures on show

April 21, 2017 - The Chairman

These two miniatures are part of the Portland Collection, originally at Welbeck Abbey,  being exhibited The Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire  until 30 September 2017.  Miniatures were very fashionable in those days and the likeness of Napoleon matches other miniatures of the time. The miniature of Empress Josephine is interesting and of course […]

Iconic painting of the Iron Duke saved

April 11, 2017 - The Chairman

It is indeed fantastic news that this fine painting of the Duke has been saved for the Nation to enjoy. Thought by many to be the best impression of the great man particularly as it focusses on his face alone. This was because Sir Thomas Lawrence, the artist,  died in 1830 before he could finish […]

The Prussian Service at Apsley House

March 27, 2017 - The Chairman

On 1 April Apsley House will open for the summer with an astonishing display.  The Prussian Dinner Service given to the Great Duke in 1817 by the Prussian King as a mark of gratitude at the victory at Waterloo.  It  is to go on display as a fully laid table as for a banquet. It […]