Royal Family out in force commemorating 80th anniversary of D-Day

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Pictured Members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and other VIPS singing the National Anthem pictured on 5th June 2024, the date that many soldiers set off from Portsmouth. Photographer: Royal Navy. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024

The Royal Family are out in force today commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

King Charles, Queen Camilla and the Prince of Wales were at the UK’s service in Portsmouth, while Princess Anne attended an event in Normandy, France.

5th June, is the the date that many soldiers set off from Portsmouth and at an event today on Southsea Common, thousands of members of the public joined D-Day veterans and VIP guests to mark the anniversary.

Hosted by Dame Helen Mirren, it featured tributes, readings, performances and more, with many special guests gracing the specially erected stage on Southsea Common.

Tri-Service personnel and Dame Helen Mirren pictured on 5th June 2024. Photo: Royal Navy. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024. MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

The Ministry of Defence hosted the UK’s national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary on Southsea Common in Portsmouth.

HM The King, the Prime Minister, special guests, members of the public and hundreds of local schoolchildren also attended the spectacular cultural commemoration which is being broadcast on BBC One.

Speaking in Portsmouth, King Charles gave a moving speech to mark the 80th anniversary of the “largest military fleet the world has ever known”.

“It is our privilege to hear their testimony, but our role is not purely passive.

“It is our duty to ensure that we, and future generations, do not forget their service and their sacrifice in replacing tyranny with freedom,” King Charles added.

Part of the crowd pictured on 5th June 2024, the date that many soldiers set off from Portsmouth, an event on Southsea Common saw thousands of members of the public join D-Day veterans and VIP guests to mark the anniversary. Photo: Royal Navy. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024. MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

Princess Anne has been attending the unveiling of a statue of a World War Two Canadian Royal Regina Rifleman in Normandy as part of D-Day commemorations.

The statue was has been unveiled at Place des Canadiens in Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse, where the princess joined both British and Canadian military veterans for the ceremony.

Tomorrow (Thursday 6 June), The King and Queen will attend The Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion’s commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. His Majesty is Patron of the Royal British Legion.

The Prince of Wales will attend the Canadian commemorative ceremony at the Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer, hosted by the Government of Canada. His Royal Highness will join Canadian D-Day and Second World War Veterans, as well as Canadian Armed Forces personnel, cadets, and wider youth representatives at the event.

The Prince of Wales will attend the international commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach, Saint Laurent sur Mer, joining over 25 Heads of State and veterans from around the world in marking this historic anniversary.

At the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh will join veterans and their families at the Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will attend ‘D-Day 80: Remembering the Normandy Landings’, an evening of music-led, multi-generational storytelling, reflecting on the Second World War at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Normandy Landings were the largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare. The invasion, codenamed Operation Neptune, was a combined naval, land and air assault on Nazi-occupied France. 

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