Estonia marks 100th anniversary of independence declaration

A British army detachment parades during Estonia’s centenary celebration in Tallinn. Estonia declared independence in 1918 as the Tsarist Russian empire collapsed during World War I. But it was annexed by the Soviet Union under a 1939 deal with Nazi Germany in World War II. The nation of 1.3 million people then broke free from the crumbling Soviet Union in 1991. (Reuters)
Updated 24 February 2018

Estonia marks 100th anniversary of independence declaration

TALLINN: Estonia on Saturday celebrated 100 years since declaring independence with a military parade and other festivities in the Baltic state, which is now firmly ensconced in the West, though tensions remain with neighbor Russia.
Flag-waving Estonians watched the parade in capital Tallin, with about 11,000 soldiers and hundreds of vehicles from both the domestic army and other NATO countries taking part in a show of strength.
Along with fellow Baltic states Latvia and Lithuania, Estonia declared independence in 1918 as the Tsarist Russian empire collapsed during World War I.
But it was annexed by the Soviet Union under a 1939 deal with Nazi Germany in World War II.
The nation of 1.3 million people then broke free from the crumbling Soviet Union in 1991.
“The independence and freedom of our people has never been and should not be taken for granted,” General Riho Teras, Estonia’s chief of staff, said at the parade.
“The war of independence sent a clear message: anything is possible if a nation really wants it,” he said, referring to the 1918-1920 war with the Russian empire.
Tensions with Russia remain, and the largely secular country joined NATO and the European Union in 2004.
Relations have been particularly strained by Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russia rebels and the government.
Festivities to mark the centenary will run until 2020 and include concerts and exhibitions.
Estonia announced Thursday that US President Donald Trump will welcome his Estonian, Lithuanian and Latvian counterparts in Washington on April 3 to discuss security and economic ties.


UK’s Prince William, wife Kate join Attenborough after film screening

Updated 27 September 2020

UK’s Prince William, wife Kate join Attenborough after film screening

  • Prince William, who has followed his father Prince Charles in pursuing environmental causes, has previously interviewed Attenborough
  • The photographs showed William and Kate standing in the garden, surrounded by their three children

LONDON: Britain’s royal family have released pictures of Prince William, wife Kate and their three children joining the naturalist David Attenborough in the gardens of Kensington Palace.
The photographs were taken earlier this week after the 94-year-old broadcaster joined Prince William, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and second-in-line to the throne, to watch an outdoor screening of Attenborough’s upcoming film.


The film, “David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet,” sets out his “witness statement” on the destruction of the environment and ideas on how humans can still put it right.
Prince William, who has followed his father Prince Charles in pursuing environmental causes, has previously interviewed Attenborough, and the queen presented him with an award for raising awareness of the danger of plastic pollution last year.


The photographs showed William and Kate standing in the garden, surrounded by their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, while Attenborough stood at a slight distance, sharing a joke with the family.