Members of six royal houses gathered at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its liberation. Gathered together to remember the horrific history of this place, where more than one and a half million people lost their lives, were the King and Queen of Belgium, the King and Queen of the Netherlands, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg.
For the outdoor commemoration ceremony, Queen Mathilde wore a large black faux fur hat.
Crown Princess Victoria and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie did not wear hats for this event. This commemoration, however, was not about hats or who attended. It was about taking time to remember a period of purest evil so that through this memory, humanity can keep it from becoming part of our future.
“What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.” – Anne Frank, 7th May 1944
I encourage you to watch the full commemoration ceremony below.
Photos from Getty as indicated and Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press