With these two simple and adequate words the Prince of Orange began his short letter he penned somewhere in the late night of 18 June or the early morning of 19 June, to his father and mother. Yes, Napoleon was beaten he wrote and his army corps had played a vital role in the battle. Sure, he was wounded, but not that bad.
Read this original letter (in French) yourselves as it is now on display from the Dutch Royal House archives: Letter from prince Willem.
How exactly he had been wounded at Waterloo is described in minute detail by various officers who witnessed the event, such as General van Reede and a brigade-captain of the cavalry Constant-Rebecque de Villars, in our third volume.
Next in Volume Four we will follow the prince how he recuperated from his wound and returned to the army.
Last Friday on 17 June I was invited to be present at the annual military ceremonies to honour the wounded and fallen comrades of 1815 in the Dutch-Belgian cavalry regiments. An honourary guard with colours was present and after a speech commemorating the feats of the cavalry both at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, a wreath was laid down at the Dutch cavalry monument.
This monument is at the crossroads of Quatre Bras, along the road that leads to Nivelles.