The 13-year-old wore her Dover school’s blues military uniform for the ceremony at Amiens Cathedral on August 8 attended by 2,000 guests. She also presented Prince William with the wreath he laid at Allied Forces Chapel. The occasion was even more memorable for the teenager because as well as dignitaries from around the world, her father Warrant Officer Simon Thorne was a member of the event’s Guard of Honour.
The Battle of Amiens commemorations told the story of the conflict which began the end of WW1 with the period known as the Hundred Days offensive. More than 500 UK tanks were deployed alongside 1,900 British and French aircraft, some 2,000 Royal Artillery guns and 50,000 troops from six allied countries.