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Commemorative Events Mark 80th Anniversary of D-Day

On this historic occasion, dignitaries and veterans from around the world will gather to honour the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II. The events, spanning multiple locations, pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of those who participated in the pivotal Normandy campaign.

Commemorative Events Mark 80th Anniversary Of D-Day

Commemorative Events Mark 80th Anniversary Of D-Day

Commemorative Events Mark 80th Anniversary Of D-day

British Normandy Memorial, Ver-sur-Mer

Commemorative Events Mark 80th Anniversary Of D-Day

His Majesty, the King, and Her Majesty, the Queen, will attend the commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer. As Patron of the Royal British Legion, His Majesty’s presence underscores the significance of this occasion. The memorial stands as a testament to the courage of Allied forces who stormed the beaches on June 6, 1944.

Commemorative Events Mark 80th Anniversary Of D-Day

Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer

Commemorative Events Mark 80th Anniversary Of D-Day

His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, will participate in the Canadian commemorative ceremony at the Juno Beach Centre. Hosted by the Government of Canada, this event honours Canadian D-Day and Second World War Veterans. The Prince will stand alongside Canadian Armed Forces personnel, cadets, and youth representatives, paying homage to their resilience and sacrifice.

Commemorative Events Mark 80th Anniversary Of D-Day

Omaha Beach, Saint Laurent sur Mer

Commemorative Events Mark 80th Anniversary Of D-Day

The international commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach brings together over 25 Heads of State and veterans from various nations. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, will join this solemn gathering, reflecting on the historic significance of D-Day. Omaha Beach, where American forces landed, remains a symbol of courage and determination.

National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh will attend the Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Alongside veterans and their families, they will honour the memory of those who fought valiantly during World War II. The arboretum serves as a living tribute to the fallen, providing solace and reflection.

Royal Albert Hall, London

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will participate in ‘D-Day 80: Remembering the Normandy Landings’ at the Royal Albert Hall. This music-led, multi-generational storytelling event offers a poignant reflection on the Second World War. Through music, narratives, and shared memories, attendees will commemorate the sacrifices made by those who shaped history.

Tribute from Defence Secretary Grant Shapps

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps praised the contribution of the Armed Forces to the plans, underscoring the importance of unity, peace, and freedom. He stated, “The eyes of the world will rightfully once again be on these men and women, and I am proud of the work being done by the Armed Forces to pay tribute to the heroes of D-Day at the commemorative events in June.”

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