|The Battle of Quatre Bras (painted by Lady Butler)|
|Christopher Plummer as the Duke of Wellington in the 1970 film - 'Waterloo'|
|The Duchess of Richmond's Ball (from the 1970 film 'Waterloo')|
|The Duchess of Richmond's Ball by Robert Hillingford (1870s)|
It was whilst the Duke of Wellington was attending the ball that a messenger arrived from Marshal Blucher with news that Napoleon's army had crossed the border and were advancing towards Brussels. Officers hurriedly left and the next day the army was leaving Brussels heading south to bolster British and Prussian positions at and around Quatre Bras which were facing the advancing French army.
But let us return to the poem where Byron sets the scene so well that we could almost be there :