D-Day As It Happened: King Charles joins with veterans at D-Day 80th anniversary commemorations

5 June 2024, 08:13 | Updated: 7 June 2024, 07:08

Two days of D-Day commemorations begin today
Two days of D-Day commemorations begin today. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

The King, Queen and Prince of Wales have joined veterans at a commemorative event in Portsmouth as two days of major events begin in the UK and France to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

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The Normandy landings were the largest seaborne invasion in history, with the 1944 battle laying the foundation for an Allied victory in World War II.

Troops from the UK, the USA, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the beaches at Normandy in northern France on June 6, 1944.

The King, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, a slew of other dignitaries, and those who fought on the beaches in 1944 today came together to remember the battle that became the turning point towards an Allied victory.

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D-Day veteran gives the Queen a white flower because 'she is a very nice person'

Gilbert Clarke, 98, who was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, received the rose during the UK D-Day commemoration event in Normandy. 

After meeting Camilla the veteran said: 'I gave it to her because she is a very nice person'.

'She took the time to talk to us, so I wanted to give it'.

The King told a D-Day veteran he is ”doing well” following his cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

After attending the UK’s commemoration event in Ver-sur-Mer in Normandy, Charles and Camilla visited a marquee where veterans were having tea and cakes.

On one table, the King sat beside Ronald Hendrey, 98, of Clacton-on-Sea, who asked about his health.

“I asked him how he was doing, he told me he is doing well.”

Sir Keir Starmer said the D-Day 80th anniversary has been 'moving and powerful'

The Labour leader told broadcasters: 'It is truly a privilege to be here on behalf of the Labour Party to give our tribute to and pay our respects to the armed services, our Armed Forces, and in particular to remember those involved in D-Day'

'My message to the veterans is ‘thank you''.

The Prince of Wales met with British war veterans at D-Day 80th anniversary commemorations

Prince William had stopped at the French town’s D-day museum following his speech at the Canadian commemoration ceremony earlier today.

'French a**holes' can be heard in the background of the BBC coverage of the D-Day

The BBC has apologised after an 'inappropriate comment' was  broadcast during this year's D-Day coverage.  

King Charles opened his speech at D-day event by speaking in French

Addressing President Emmanuel Macron, the King said: 'Monsieur le President, nous vous sommes reconnaissants de nous honorer de votre presence ici aujourd’hui, au memorial Britannique de Normandie'.

This translates to: 'Mr. President, we are grateful to you for honouring us with your presence here today, at the British memorial in Normandy.'

King Charles delivered the speech at the UK’s commemorative event in Normandy for the 80th anniversary of the D-day landings.

LBC Reporter captures footage of the King and French President Emmanuel Macron at D-Day event

The King wore his Field Marshal No 4 Tropical Service dress uniform, with medals and decorations for the national D-Day commemorative event in Ver-sur-Mer.

'He's no longer with us, I can't have that conversation with him.'

On the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, caller Martin becomes tearful as he tells @mrjamesob about his veteran father coming from a time when men 'didn't want to show their feelings' by talking a lot about the war.

The Prince of Wales has praised the 'bravery and sacrifice of the Canadian troops, who gave so much 80 years ago'

William delivered a speech at a D-Day anniversary ceremony on Juno Beach and was joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Addressing veterans at the ceremony on Juno Beach Prince William said: 'Thank you for our freedom, and thank you for your service'.

He ended the speech by repeating his appreciation in French, saying: 'Merci pour notre liberte, et merci pour votre service'.

British paratroopers going through French passport control after they land in Normandy

Hundreds of British Paratroopers have dropped into Normandy to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. 

On the 5th and 6th June 1944 more than 13,000 paratroopers spearheaded the initial D-Day assault.

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