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World leaders including including US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian premier Volodymyr Zelenskyy have gathered on Omaha Beach in Normandy for an international ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Prince William has stepped in to represent Britain on the world stage as he deputises for his father King Charles at the major event while he continues his recovery from cancer treatment.

Earlier today, the King led the tributes for veterans at a British memorial service as he praised the ‘courage and resilience’ of the wartime generation, while Mr Biden insisted the US would never ‘walk away’ from Europe at an American event.

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Emili Sande and Lulu take to the stage to perform at ‘D-Day 80 – Remembering the Normandy Landings’ at the Royal Albert Hall

Veterans arrive at the Royal Albert Hall ahead of anniversary event

Veterans are arriving at the Royal Albert Hall ahead of an anniversary event set to broadcast on Sunday on ITV.

The show – which is taking place tonight – is set to bring the national commemorations to a close.

The programme will be hosted by Davina McCall, and tell the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy through a unique blend of music and archive material, with letters and diary entries charting the historic events of the summer of 1944.

It will feature the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and performances from Katherine Jenkins OBE, Emeli Sande and Lulu.

PICTURE SHOWS:Veterans at the Royal Albert Hall event.On Thursday 6 June 2024, the Royal Albert Hall hosted an anniversary event marking D-Day 80. On Sunday 9 June the show will be broadcast on ITV and ITVX, bringing to a close the national commemorations.The programme was hosted by Davina McCall, and toldl the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy through a unique blend of music and archive material, with letters and diary entries charting the historic events of the summer of 1944. The programme featured the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and  performances from Katherine Jenkins OBE, Emeli Sandé and Lulu. PICTURE BY KERRY DAVIES/DAILY MAIL 06/06/2024
PICTURE SHOWS:Veterans at the Royal Albert Hall event.On Thursday 6 June 2024, the Royal Albert Hall hosted an anniversary event marking D-Day 80. On Sunday 9 June the show will be broadcast on ITV and ITVX, bringing to a close the national commemorations.The programme was hosted by Davina McCall, and toldl the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy through a unique blend of music and archive material, with letters and diary entries charting the historic events of the summer of 1944. The programme featured the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and  performances from Katherine Jenkins OBE, Emeli Sandé and Lulu. PICTURE BY KERRY DAVIES/DAILY MAIL 06/06/2024
PICTURE SHOWS:Veterans at the Royal Albert Hall event.On Thursday 6 June 2024, the Royal Albert Hall hosted an anniversary event marking D-Day 80. On Sunday 9 June the show will be broadcast on ITV and ITVX, bringing to a close the national commemorations.The programme was hosted by Davina McCall, and toldl the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy through a unique blend of music and archive material, with letters and diary entries charting the historic events of the summer of 1944. The programme featured the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and  performances from Katherine Jenkins OBE, Emeli Sandé and Lulu. PICTURE BY KERRY DAVIES/DAILY MAIL 06/06/2024
PICTURE SHOWS:Veterans at the Royal Albert Hall event.On Thursday 6 June 2024, the Royal Albert Hall hosted an anniversary event marking D-Day 80. On Sunday 9 June the show will be broadcast on ITV and ITVX, bringing to a close the national commemorations.The programme was hosted by Davina McCall, and toldl the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy through a unique blend of music and archive material, with letters and diary entries charting the historic events of the summer of 1944. The programme featured the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and  performances from Katherine Jenkins OBE, Emeli Sandé and Lulu. PICTURE BY KERRY DAVIES/DAILY MAIL 06/06/2024

Emotional moment Normandy fell silent to mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

This is the emotional moment a D-Day veteran embraces President Volodymyr Zelensky and tells him ‘you’re the saviour of the people’ at the ceremony to mark 80 years since the historic landings.

The Ukrainian president, disagrees however, telling the veteran, ‘no, you saved Europe’ in front of a cheering crowd on Omaha Beach, France, earlier today.

The veteran then asks President Zelensky if he can have a picture as the Ukrainian leader crouches down to embrace him.

Joe Biden and leaders of Germany, France and Britain re-affirm support for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

U.S. President Joe Biden and the leaders of Germany, France and Britain re-affirmed their support for Biden’s deal for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, on the margins of the D-Day anniversary events in France, they said in a statement.

‘The Leaders … reaffirmed their full support for the comprehensive deal outlined by President Biden that would lead to an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the release of all the hostages, a significant and sustained increase in humanitarian assistance … and an enduring end to the crisis,’ they said in a joint statement.

From left, Prince Albert of Monaco, Poland's President Andrzej Duda, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, first lady Jill Biden, U.S. President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, Britain's Prince William, Governor-General of Australia David Hurley, his wife Linda Hurley and Luxembourg Grand Duke Henri attend an international ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day at Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. World leaders are gathered Thursday in France to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Amazing moment British parachutists swoop over D-Day beaches in stunning display

Europe’s royals out in force to commemorate D-Day in France as events continue

France's President Emmanuel Macron (R) and French President's wife Brigitte Macron talk with Prince Albert II of Monaco upon his arrival to attend the International commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, in northwestern France, on June 6, 2024. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 80th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

France’s President Emmanuel Macron (R) and French President’s wife Brigitte Macron talk with Prince Albert II of Monaco upon his arrival

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER,  FRANCE - JUNE 6: Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, Queen Maxima of The Netherlands and US President Joe Biden attend the D-Day commemoration at Omaha beach on June 6, 2024 in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France. Normandy is hosting a variety of events leading up to the official commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landing on June 6.(Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands

A heroic D-Day veteran saluted crowds of cheering well wishers as they gathered to honour the bravery of his fallen comrades on the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Former codebreaker Bernard Morgan, from Crewe in Cheshire, captured the nation’s tragedy yesterday as he was pictured poignantly saluting the silent graves of Britain’s soldiers in Bayeux, France.

And following a week where the 100-year-old has been personally wheeled around by Rishi Sunak and has met King Charles, Queen Camilla and Princess Anne, he received the deserved applause of every-day people as they packed the streets of Arromanches-les-Bains – returning a smiling salute of his own.

WATCH: Queen Camilla’s touching exchange with D-Day veteran

Tributes paid to WW2 veteran who died en-route to the D-Day anniversary commemorations

A World War II veteran died last week after suffering a medical emergency en-route to commemorations marking the 80th anniversary of the Allies’ D-Day invasion of Europe, a veterans organization said.

Robert Persichitti, 102, flew overseas along with his guardian and was sailing on a ship down the coast to France when the emergency occurred, the Hero Flight organization said in a Facebook post, without specifying the nature of the emergency.

He was airlifted to Germany but died shortly thereafter on May 31, according to the post, which cited veterans who were traveling with him.

Persichitti was named to the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame in 2020, which includes a biography that said he served in the Navy during WWII as a radioman aboard the command ship USS Eldorado.

‘His tour of duty included the Pacific Theater, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Guam,’ the biography said.

Some 180 veterans in their late 90s or even over 100 attended the D-Day commemorations in Normandy on Thursday, marking the anniversary of the invasion that broke through German coastal defenses in a key victory for Allied forces.

06/06/2024 - NEW YORK STATE - A World War Two US Navy veteran travelling to France for an event marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings has died, a veteran organisation has confirmed. Robert "Al" Persichitti from Rochester, New York, was airlifted to a hospital in Germany on 30 May after suffering a medical emergency aboard a ship heading to Europe. He died the following day, aged 102. Remembered as a "great, humble man," Mr Persichitti was involved in the allied operation in Japan. Honor Flight - a veteran organisation Mr Persichitti belonged to - confirmed his death on social media and said he had "served his country bravely without hesitation". The non-profit helps transport former US servicemen to the memorials of the respective wars they fought in. The 102-year-old was selected to attend the event in Normandy by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, which paid for and organised the trip. "I'm really excited to be going", he told broadcaster WROC-TV a day bef

Re-enactors take to the beaches as they parade WWII vehicles to amazed crowds

Stunning moment RAF Red Arrows and a RAF Typhoon fly over D-Day memorial

Moment D-Day veterans arrive for the D-Day parade with a Royal Guard Of Honour – before singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’

WATCH: Joe Biden fist pumps as he watches flyover marking 80 years from D-Day

80-strong boat flotilla, one for each year since the D-Day landings, sails off the coast of Falmouth, in Cornwall

An 80-strong boat flotilla, one for each year since the D-Day landings, has sailed off from Falmouth, in Cornwall.

27,000 American troops departed from the coastal town 80 years ago on D-Day to travel to Normandy.

An 80-strong boat flotilla, one for each year since the D-Day landings, sails off the coast of Falmouth, in Cornwall, where around 27,000 American troops departed 80 years ago on D-Day to travel to Normandy. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
An 80-strong boat flotilla, one for each year since the D-Day landings, sails off the coast of Falmouth, in Cornwall, where around 27,000 American troops departed 80 years ago on D-Day to travel to Normandy. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
An 80-strong boat flotilla, one for each year since the D-Day landings, sails off the coast of Falmouth, in Cornwall, where around 27,000 American troops departed 80 years ago on D-Day to travel to Normandy. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
An 80-strong boat flotilla, one for each year since the D-Day landings, sails off the coast of Falmouth, in Cornwall, where around 27,000 American troops departed 80 years ago on D-Day to travel to Normandy. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Red Arrows lead British and French airforces in fly-past over the British Normandy Memorial

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) the 'Red Arrows' accompanied by Typhoon Display Team 'Moggy' aircraft fly over the British Normandy Memorial, Ver-sur-Mer, UK?s major commemorative event in Normandy to mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day., in France  June 6, 2024.   UK MOD Crown copyright 2024/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES MANDATORY CREDIT.

Macron issues rallying cry to stand up against those who ‘want to change borders by force’

Macron issued a rallying cry as he called on those watching to stand up against those who ‘want to change borders by force’.

Explicitly referencing the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the French President looked to Zelenskyy in the crowd as he thanked him for his attendance.

He said: ‘When we look at those who want to change borders by force to rewrite history, let us stand with dignity and look at those who landed here.

‘Let us have their courage. Here, President of Ukraine, your presence here today shows us this in a very forceful way.’

Prompting Zelenskyy to put his hand on his heart and thank the premier, he continued: ‘Thank you, thank you to the people of Ukraine. Thank you for their love of freedom. We are here and we shall not be weakened.

‘When people want us to forget things, when people want us to anesthetize our minds, it is this impetus that will take us forward without fear and that is why we are here today.

‘We know that freedom is a fight that has to be fought every day. So for all those around the world living in the hope of liberty, equality and fraternity, June 6 is a day that goes on forever. It is a dawn that always breaks.’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Abd Rabbo-Blondet-Niviere/Shutterstock (14526491cg) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and French President Emmanuel Macron attending D-Day Anniversary International Ceremony at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on June 6 2024, as part of 80th anniversary of 'D-Day'. D-Day - International Ceremony - Omaha Beach, France - 06 Jun 2024

Pictured: Biden and Macron share strong handshakes with Zelenskyy

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Abd Rabbo-Blondet-Niviere/Shutterstock (14526491bz) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, his wife Olena Zelenska, American President Joe Biden, European Council President Charles Michel, American President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron attending D-Day Anniversary International Ceremony at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on June 6 2024, as part of 80th anniversary of 'D-Day'. D-Day - International Ceremony - Omaha Beach, France - 06 Jun 2024
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Abd Rabbo-Blondet-Niviere/Shutterstock (14526491cp) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and French President Emmanuel Macron attending D-Day Anniversary International Ceremony at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on June 6 2024, as part of 80th anniversary of 'D-Day'. D-Day - International Ceremony - Omaha Beach, France - 06 Jun 2024

Watch: Biden says the US will not surrender to ‘bullies’ and ‘dictators’

Pictured: Prince William greets Zelensky on Omaha Beach

We can now bring you photos of Prince William talking with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky at the International commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach.

Zelensky arrived hand in hand with his wife Olena Zelenska.

Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales talks with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) and his wife Olena Zelenska at the International commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, in northwestern France, on June 6, 2024. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 80th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. (Photo by Jordan Pettitt / AFP) (Photo by JORDAN PETTITT/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales talks with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky at the International commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, in northwestern France, on June 6, 2024. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 80th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. (Photo by Jordan Pettitt / AFP) (Photo by JORDAN PETTITT/AFP via Getty Images)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena Zelenska arrives at the official international ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, at Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, joining over 25 heads of state and veterans from around the world. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire

Pictured: Duchess of Edinburgh attends service of remembrance for D-Day anniversary

Sophie, The Duchess of Edinburgh attended the service of remembrance at the Normandy Memorial at The National Arboretum in Alrewas.

ALREWAS, ENGLAND - JUNE 6: Britain's Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh attends a service of remembrance to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy Memorial at The National Arboretum on June 6, 2024 in Alrewas, England. On June 6th, 1944, 156,000 Allied troops landed on the five Normandy beaches in northern France by air and sea. Operation Overlord was the start of Allied operations which went on to liberate Western Europe, defeat Nazi Germany and end the Second World War. The events of that day are known as D-Day. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Watch: Macron leads 80th D-Day anniversary in Normandy

Watch our stream of the international ceremony on Omaha Beach where world leaders have gathered to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Ex-British Army chief – ‘We salute you all’

General Lord Dannatt, chairman of trustees of the Normandy Memorial Trust, gives a speech at the official opening of the Winston Churchill Education and Learning Centre, on the site of the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. The new building houses two educational exhibition galleries telling the stories of those who fought on D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy, curated by the Royal British Legion. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. The Winston Churchill Centre has been funded through a donation of £600,000 from the Normandy Memorial Trust's principal sponsor, BAE Systems, alongside the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Calvados and the Seulles Terre et Mer Community of Communes. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

General Lord Richard Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, told veterans ‘we salute you all’ as he spoke in Arromanches during a commemoration ceremony.

The ceremony took place over Gold Beach where troops landed 80 years ago.

The mayor of Arromanches said how the day was an ordinary day in village life, even with the bakers making bread, but it was also “extraordinary” as the invasion began.

He said it was a “real time of liberation” for the town.

We thank you veterans very much. We will never forget you.

Prince William has stepped in to represent Britain on the world stage in his father’s place as he attends a moving ceremony to honour the heroes of D-Day.

The 41-year-old is deputising for his father King Charles at the major international event on Omaha Beach while His Majesty continues to recover after undergoing treatment for cancer earlier this year.

Read Matthew Lodge and Lettice Bromovsky’s report here:

The D-Day veteran who moved Queen Camilla to tears with his poignant story of losing his best friend in the war has said: ‘I have never stopped thinking about those who did not come home.’

Eric Bateman said he had been ‘overwhelmed’ at meeting the Queen and King Charles who were both visibly moved by his appearance at the 80th anniversary commemorations.

Pictured: Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives at Omaha Beach

We can also bring you pictures of the moment Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived at Omaha Beach with his wife Olena to join world leaders at a D-Day commemoration.

The Ukrainian President was likely pleased with Joe Biden’s speech earlier in which he said the US would not ‘walk away’ from Europe.

Mr Zelenskyy was embraced by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as he arrived in Normandy.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena Zelenska, arrive at the international ceremony at Omaha Beach, Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Normandy. Normandy is hosting various events to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (AP Photo/Viginia Mayo)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena Zelenska, arrive at the international ceremony at Omaha Beach, Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Normandy. Normandy is hosting various events to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (AP Photo/Viginia Mayo)
Ukraine?s President Volodymyr Zelensky and Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte embrace as they attend the international ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings and the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany occupation, at Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy region, France, June 6, 2024. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Watch: Last Dutch Normandy veteran attends D-Day commemoration

Lovely moment here as Max Wolff, the last surviving member of The Royal Netherlands Princess Irene Brigade, attends a D-Day commemoration in Normandy.

Mr Wolff was reported to be a last minute addition to the Netherlands delegation before they departed for the D-Day event on Thursday.

The Royal Netherlands Princess Irene Brigade landed in Arromanches on August 8 1944 as part of ongoing reinforcements to Normandy.

Pictures: World leaders arrive at Omaha Beach

We can now bring you pictures of world leaders arriving at Omaha Beach in Nomandy for a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Below shows Belgium’s King Philippe (right) and Queen Mathilde arriving on the red carpet.

Belgium's King Philippe, right, and Queen Mathilde arrives at the international ceremony at Omaha Beach, Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Normandy. Normandy is hosting various events to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (AP Photo/Viginia Mayo, Pool)

Danish premier Mette Frederiksen (centre) was also pictured arriving at the ceremony

Danish Premier Mette Frederiksen arrives at the international ceremony at Omaha Beach, Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Normandy. Normandy is hosting various events to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (AP Photo/Viginia Mayo, Pool)

And Prince William is also there after greeting President Macron.

Watch: European royals arrive at Omaha Beach

Denmark’s King Frederik received a warm welcome from French President Emmanuel Macrom ahead of an international ceremony at Omaha Beach to remember D-Day veterans.

US President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy are expected to attend along with Prince William with Rishi Sunak understood to not be attending

Watch the moment King Frederik arrived:

D-Day 80th anniversary: What has happened today and what’s to come?

Britain's King Charles III and President of France, Emmanuel Macron, right, laugh during the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, in Ver-Sur-Mer, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024.  (Chris Jackson, Pool Photo via AP)

If you’re just joining us this afternoon it’s been a busy day in Normandy with memorials taking place to remember brave D-Day veterans who 80 years ago today stormed French beaches to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.

We’ve heard from King Charles, Prince William, Rishi Sunak, Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden at various services.

So let’s recap what’s happened so far and what’s coming up this afternoon:

  • Joe Biden declared the US will not ‘walk away’ from Europe as he used his speech at an American memorial to warn Russian aggression in UK echoed the fight for freedom 80 years ago
  • King Charles also called on the world to ‘oppose tyranny’ as he led tributes at a British remembrance service in Normandy in which he praised the ‘courage and resilience’ of veterans
  • Emmanuel Macron attended both the British and American events but left King Charles and Queen Camilla waiting after arriving 20 minutes late to the service
  • Rishi Sunak led a standing ovation for veterans with some visibly emotional as they remembered their fallen comrades, while Queen Camilla was seen wiping her eye
  • Prince William joined Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an event on Juno beach and made a surprise stop in Arromanches where he spoken to D-Day veterans

Later on this afternoon we will bring you updates of an international ceremony on Omaha Beach where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy joins world leaders but Mr Sunak will be absent as he heads back to the UK.

The pair, known for their collaboration the Oscar-winning 1998 epic Saving Private Ryan, which portrayed the events of the fateful day in 1945 when the tide turned in World War II in favor of the allies, joined dozens of dignataries at events in France.

In pictures: D-Day 80th anniversary

Prince William speaks to veterans during surprise stop in Arromanches

ARROMANCHES, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Prince William, Prince of Wales attends a commemoration event to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 06, 2024 in Arromanches, France. June 6th is the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Prince of Wales spoke to British veterans during a surprise stop in Arromanches on the D-Day 80th anniversary.

William spent time at the D-Day museum in the town overlooking Gold Beach, before meeting four veterans of the Gloucestershire Regiment in the Army, in front of waving crowds.

Veteran Julian Heal, 52, from Bristol, said:

He [told us] ‘it’s all about the veterans’, and people are getting older, and there’s not many left on that, and he just said about how moving it was, especially the new monument on top of the hill.

Mr Heal, who served in Northern Ireland, added:

As a veteran it’s really good because he gets us, we have a good laugh, real approachable guy.

Fellow veteran Stephen Hall, 52, who served in Afghanistan and Kosovo, said the group talked to William about helping the younger generations learn and remember the history of D-Day, as being at the historic site was a ‘different kettle of fish’.

D-Day 80th anniversary: What is happening in the UK?

Veterans and guests during the Royal British Legion's service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, on the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

The bulk of D-Day commemorations are taking place in Normandy where world leaders have gathered to mark the 80th anniversary of the military operation.

But events are still being held in the UK – let’s take a look at what’s happened closer to home.

At 2pm, the Royal British Legion is holding a service of remembrance with veterans and family members at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire (pictured).

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are among those in attendance along with more than 20 veterans.

Meanwhile MS Belfast has been fired during a six-gun salute to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

HMS Belfast played a pivotal role in Operation Neptune and the opening bombardment of D-Day.

And tonight beacons will be lit across the UK and all five beaches in Normandy to remember those involved in the D-Day operation

MailOnline’s Siofra Brennan reports on the awkward moment between Queen and Mrs Macron as they laid wreaths at the British Normandy Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer.

After placing their flowers, they stepped back to take a moment of reflection and the First Lady reached out to the Queen, but Camilla seemed somewhat reluctant to proffer her gloved hand.

Read Siofra’s report here:

Pictured: Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh meet veterans ahead of remembrance service

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh met D-Day and Normandy veterans ahead of the Royal British Legion’s service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

A remembrance service is being held at the Arboretum to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day with veterans, their families and members of the public invited to join commemorations.

The Duke of Edinburgh meets D-Day and Normandy veterans ahead of the Royal British Legion's service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, on the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire
ALREWAS, ENGLAND - JUNE 6: Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh meets D-Day and Normandy veterans ahead of the Royal British Legion's service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2024 in Alrewas, England. On June 6th, 1944, 156,000 Allied troops landed on the five Normandy beaches in northern France by air and sea. Operation Overlord was the start of Allied operations which went on to liberate Western Europe, defeat Nazi Germany and end the Second World War. The events of that day are known as D-Day.  (Photo by Jacob King - Pool/Getty Images)

D-Day veteran – King told me he is ‘doing well’

NORMANDY, FRANCE - JUNE 05: War Veteran, Ronald Hendrey attends a Royal British Legion service of commemoration at the Bayeux War Cemetery on June 05, 2024 in Normandy, France. King Charles III and Queen Camilla lead the commemorative events in Portsmouth ahead of the actual 80th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6th. Veterans, VIP Guests and school children are attending an event on Southsea Common. Portsmouth was where tens of thousands of troops set off to Normandy to participate in Operation Overlord. They established a foothold on the French coast and advanced to liberate northwest Europe. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

King Charles told a D-Day veteran he is ‘doing well’ as he and the Queen met with heroes who stormed the beaches.

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

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

He was very nice, he listened to what I was saying and took it in.

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

Watch: President Macron awards France’s highest honour to British wren

This is the moment a 104-year-old British woman described by President Macron as a ‘hero in the shadows’ was awarded the French Legion of Honour.

Christian Lamb was posted in secret to Whitehall in London at the start of 1944, and created detailed maps that guided the crews of landing craft on D-Day.

Ms Lamb sat in a wheelchair during the UK’s commemoration event in Ver-sur-Mer in Normandy, as French President Emmanuel Macron bent down to pin the medal on, before kissing her on both cheeks.

You were, in your own way, among those figures in the shadow of D-Day.

You were not there in person but you guided each step they took.

HYou have set us an example which we’ll not forget.

Full Monty actress – D-Day celebrations are ‘joyous’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/Shutterstock (14457306y) Lesley Sharp National Theatre Up Next Gala, London, UK - 01 May 2024

Actor Lesley Sharp has called the D-Day commemorations ‘uplifting’ and ‘joyous’ as she honours her father

Sharp, whose father fought in WW2, told Sky News:

I’ve been very moved by men and women who are serving today who make a connection with men and women in their 90s and their 100s – across the generation there is a connection because they understand what it is to serve, and that is incredibly moving.

It’s uplifting and it’s joyous and it’s celebratory.

Biden: Modern nations must be ‘worthy’ of the sacrifice of D-Day veterans

At the end of his speech, Joe Biden said modern nations must be ‘worthy of their sacrifice’ in order to honour those who lost their lives and fought.

Shortly afterwards, those who were able saluted to pay their respects to the dead.

U.S. President Joe Biden attends a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 6, 2024. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Joe Biden – Every generation must preserve democracy

President Joe Biden (L) greets US WWII veteran Richard Stewart after he was awarded Knight in the Legion of Honor order by the French President, during the US ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, which overlooks Omaha Beach in northwestern France, on June 6, 2024. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 80th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. (Photo by Daniel Cole / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL COLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Joe Biden has finished his speech by insisting every generation must fight for democracy and freedom.

We cannot allow what’s happened here to be lost to the silence of the years to come.

We must remember it, we must honour it, we must live it.

Democracy is never guaranteed. Every generation must preserve it, fight for it and defend it. That is the test for the ages.

Joe Biden – We will not walk away from Europe

US President Joe Biden delivers a speech, as US WWII veterans look on during the US ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, which overlooks Omaha Beach in northwestern France, on June 6, 2024. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 80th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

President Biden has insisted the US will not walk away from Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression as he warned the war in Europe had echos of D-Day.

Ukraine has been invaded by a tyrant bent on domination. Ukrainians are fighting with extraordinary courage, suffering great losses but never backing down.

The numbers are staggering. 350,000 Russian troops are dead or wounded and near;y one million have left Russia because they can’t see a future.

We will not walk away because if we do Ukraine’s neighbours will be threatened, all of Europe will be threatened.

To surrender to bullies or to bow down to dictators is simply unthinkable.

Joe Biden – Everyone knew the probability of dying but fought anyway

US President Joe Biden (L) shakes hands with US WWII veteran Victor Chaney after he was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (French Legion of Honour) by France's President, during the US ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, which overlooks Omaha Beach in northwestern France, on June 6, 2024. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 80th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

The US President has listed the achievements of surviving US veterans who earlier received the Legion of Honour – the highest honour in France.

Every one of them knew the probability of dying was real, but they did it anyway. They knew, beyond any doubt, that there were things worth fighting and dying for.

Mr Biden said D-Day had proved ‘the forces of liberty are stronger than the forces of conquest’.

He added that he prays the US never forgets the importance of alliances, describing NATO as the ‘greatest military alliance in the history of the world’.

Joe Biden – My highest honour to salute you in Normandy

U.S. President Joe Biden attends a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 6, 2024. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

US President Joe Biden is speaking at the at the Normandy American Cemetery.

He told surviving US veterans that saluting them in Normandy is his ‘highest honour’.

Speaking about the lead up to events on June 6, 1944, President Biden said Hitler thought democracies were weak and that the future belonged to dictators.

Here on the coast of Normandy, the battle between freedom and tyranny would be joined.

Matthew Cox reports the anticipation, horror and chaos of the D-Day landings has been captured in rare colour images shot throughout the day that changed the course of European history.

They show how hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from the UK, the US, Canada, and France landed on Normandy beaches and attacked German forces.

To see the photographs and to read Matthew’s story click below:

Watch: D-Day veteran’s emotional plea to Putin

A D-Day veteran broke down in tears as he called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to cease violence in Ukraine

Speaking to Channel 4 from Normandy, the unnamed veteran said:

Why do people have to hurt each other? It’s not necessary.

I wish Mr Putin could understand this. Because I think this world is, at the moment, a rather dangerous place, and I shouldn’t be. Not after what we’ve all experienced.

It’s very emotional for me, forgive me.

Watch: Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives in Normandy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has arrived in Normandy to take part in an international ceremony on Omaha Beach.

This event and day serve as a reminder of the courage and determination demonstrated in the pursuit of freedom and democracy.

Allies defended Europe’s freedom then, and Ukrainians do so now. Unity prevailed then, and true unity can prevail today.

See the leader’s tweet below:

Veteran receives standing ovation at British ceremony

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (R) talks with D-Day veteran Roy Hayward following the UK's national commemorative event to mark the 80th anniversary commemorations of Allied amphibious landing (D-Day Landings) in France in 1944, in Southsea Common, southern England, on June 5, 2024. Heads of state and veterans are due to mark the anniversary of D-Day on June 6, a date that was key to Allied Europe's eventual victory against the Nazis in World War II. (Photo by Leon Neal / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEON NEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A D-Day veteran whose legs blown off during the Second World War was given a standing ovation at the British ceremony in Normandy earlier today.

Roy Hayward (pictured with Rishi Sunak), 98, served as a reserve tank crewman and landed on Gold Beach 80 years ago today.

The veteran appeared during today’s memorial where he was met with rapturous applause.

After meeting senior members of the Royal Family, Mr Hayward said:

They asked me how I got on and how I had my legs blown off.

I lost both of my legs but that’s nothing in comparison with what happened to other people and that’s always the attitude I’ve had.

Talking about the service he said:

It made me feel reminiscent and it has made me think of all the people who didn’t come back.

US President to speak at Normandy American Cemetery

Joe Biden is about to address the ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery.

We will bring you the key lines from the US President’s speech

Prince William lays wreath on Juno Beach

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock (14526208s) Prime Minister of France Gabriel Attal, Prince William, the Prince of Wales, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lay wreaths during a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, at Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. Trudeau Normandy, Courseulles-Sur-Mer, France - 06 Jun 2024

Prince William has laid a wreath on Juno Beach after he spoke at a Canadian memorial event for D-Day.

Flanked by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, the heir laid a tribute with a handwritten note that said: ‘Remembering all Canadian acts of bravery and sacrifice 80 years ago.

‘Lest we forget. N’oublions jamais.’

Chatted to some of the veterans, the Prince asked one ex-soldier: ‘memories bringing it all back?’ before telling another Canadian serviceman ‘a lot of people were lying about their ages’.

On D-Day, 359 Canadian soldiers were killed, while more than 5,000 troops from the Commonwealth country died over the course of the 11-week Battle of Normandy.

Emeli Sande set for ’emotional’ D-Day performance at the Royal Albert Hall

Away from Normandy for a minute…pop star Emeli Sande has said she is preparing for an ’emotional’ bow at the Royal Albert Hall in a performance to honour D-Day veterans

Sande, whose grandfather fought in the Second World War, told GMB:

Both my grandparents – my mother’s parents – served in the Army and my grandfather fought in the Second World War, and I just remember from when I was young, him telling his stories and speaking about how different the country would have been, if it wasn’t for the bravery and the sacrifices of all these men and women.

So tonight, I’ll definitely be thinking of them both. It’s going to be a really emotional performance I think.

Pictured: US President meets D-Day veterans

US President Joe Biden has been pictured meeting D-Day veterans before a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary at the Normandy American Cemetery.

Mr Biden arrived in Normandy this morning and will attend an international ceremony on Omaha Beach this afternoon.

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: U.S. President Joe Biden greets American World War II veterans before a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery on June 06, 2024 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Veterans, families, political leaders and military personnel are gathering in Normandy to commemorate D-Day, which paved the way for the Allied victory over Germany in World War II. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: U.S. President Joe Biden greets American World War II veteran Jake Larson,  before a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery on June 06, 2024 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Veterans, families, political leaders and military personnel are gathering in Normandy to commemorate D-Day, which paved the way for the Allied victory over Germany in World War II. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: U.S. President Joe Biden greets American World War II veterans before a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery on June 06, 2024 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Veterans, families, political leaders and military personnel are gathering in Normandy to commemorate D-Day, which paved the way for the Allied victory over Germany in World War II. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: U.S. President Joe Biden greets American World War II veteran Bill Toombs before a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery on June 06, 2024 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Veterans, families, political leaders and military personnel are gathering in Normandy to commemorate D-Day, which paved the way for the Allied victory over Germany in World War II. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Quite a remarkable story we can bring you from earlier as British paratroopers were met by French customs as they landed in Normandy for the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Footage shows the troops landing in a French field carrying their heavy bags, only to be forced to show their passports and documents to waiting officers.

MailOnline’s Sam Merriman has the story:

President Macron arrived late for British memorial

Britain's King Charles III, Britain's Queen Camilla and France's President Emmanuel Macron attend the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, at the World War II British Normandy Memorial near the village of Ver-sur-Mer which overlooks Gold Beach and Juno Beach in northwestern France, on June 6, 2024.  LUDOVIC MARIN/Pool via REUTERS

President Emmanuel Macron kept King Charles and Queen Camilla waiting at the D-Day memorial service after he was 20 minutes late, French media have reported.

The Royals were already sat waiting when France’s head of state finally arrived at the 80th anniversary event at the British Normandy Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer.

King Charles and Queen Camilla did not comment on the behaviour of Mr Macron, who was accompanied by his wife, Brigitte Macron.

But French media noticed what happened, and it was widely reported.

Cnews, the TV news outlet, wrote: ‘While the King and Queen of England were already installed, Emmanuel Macron and his wife arrived twenty minutes late for the Franco-British ceremony, which shocked the English.’

On Tuesday, Mr Macron was almost an hour late when he turned up at the first D-Day commemoration in Plumelec, Brittany.

There was no immediate comment from the Élysee Palace.

Watch: D-Day veteran insists ‘I’m not a hero’

A 100-year-old D-Day veteran told Good Morning Britain he’s not a hero as he recalled the heartbreaking moment he learned his friend had been shot and killed.

Speaking from Normandy John Life said:

A friend next to me, he was behind, I glanced back, just to see if he was alright, he got one in the throat, and he was dead.

I was pleased to [come back to Normandy], because it’s always fascinating.

But then there was also the other side – things weren’t so nice, colleagues being killed.

To watch the interview see here:

President Macron praises Wren officer for D-Day heroism

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses British D-Day veterans during a commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, at the World War II British Normandy Memorial of Ver-sur-Mer, Thursday, June 6, 2024. Normandy is hosting various events to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via AP)

French President Emmanuel Macron has thanked Wren officer Christian Lamb, a veteran officer in the Women’s Royal Naval Service.

In 1944, Mrs Lamb helped plan the D-Day landings from Churchill’s secret war rooms in London.

Describing how she left school at 18 and moved to Normandy, President Macron said:

You were one of the heroes in the shadows.

In 1939 officer Lamb got a telegram from her father, who was an admiral, to tell her war was imminent and to go back to London. But she began working as a clerk for the royal navy and then am officer.

You have set us an example we will not forget.

MailOnline’s Matthew Lodge and Lettice Bromovsky report King Charles paid tribute to the ‘remarkable wartime generation’ as he echoed his grandfather George VI.

D-Day 80th anniversary: What has happened this morning?

Veterans attend the Canadian commemorative ceremony at the British Normandy Memorial at the Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer, on the northern coast of France, as part of the events to mark the 80th anniversary commemorations of Allied amphibious landing (D-Day Landings) in France in 1944, on June 6, 2024. 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 as heads of state and veterans mark the anniversary of D-Day on June 6, a date that was key to Allied Europe's eventual victory against the Nazis in World War II. (Photo by Jordan Pettitt / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JORDAN PETTITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What a morning it’s been with world leaders and the King appearing at memorial events across Normandy to remember the brave veterans who took part in D–Day – the military operation to liberate France from Nazi occupation.

If you’re just joining us you can recap our live coverage below or here are the main takeaways

  • King Charles, Rishi Sunak and Emmanuel Macron have paid tribute to D-Day veterans at a commemorative event at the British national memorial in Normandy
  • The monarch praised the ‘remarkable wartime generation’ who he said showed ‘courage and resilience in the pursuit of freedom’ in a speech partially delivered in French
  • Prince William declared D-Day the most ambitious military operation in history as he spoke at a Canadian commemorative event in front of the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • US President Joe Biden is also in Normandy ahead of an international ceremony on Omaha beach this afternoon
  • Comes as events take place across France and the UK to mark the 80th anniversary with re-enactments on Normandy beaches at sunrise and a nationwide beacon lighting tonight.

Stick with us as we guide you through the commemorations.

Watch: Queen handed rose from D-Day veteran

Watch the moment Queen Camilla appeared taken by surprise as she was handed a white rose from a 98-year-old veteran at the British memorial in Normandy.

The Queen was shaking hands with veterans with French First Lady Brigitte Macron when she was handed the gift by Gilbert Clarke.

Mr Clarke, 98, who was born in Jamaica, said of his meeting with Camilla:

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.

Pictured: Prince William attends Canadian D-Day ceremony

Here are some photographs of Prince William as he spoke at the Canadian commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

The Prince of Wales shook hands with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he praised the country for standing against fascism alongside the UK.

COURSEULLES-SUR-MER,  FRANCE - JUNE 6: Prince William, Prince of Wales (L) is greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the Government of Canada ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, at Juno Beach on June 6, 2024 in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France. Normandy is hosting a variety of events across significant sites such as Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-Mère-ÿglise, and Pointe du Hoc, leading up to the official commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landing on June 6. (Photo by Jordan Pettitt - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, the Prince of Wales Prime Minister of France Gabriel Attal and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stand, during the Government of Canada ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, at Juno Beach, in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Thursday, June 6, 2024. (Jordan Pettitt, Pool Photo via AP)
COURSEULLES-SUR-MER,  FRANCE - JUNE 6: Prince William, Prince of Wales (R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) and Prime Minister of France Gabriel Attal (L) ahead of the Government of Canada ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, at Juno Beach on June 6, 2024 in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France. Normandy is hosting a variety of events across significant sites such as Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-Mère-ÿglise, and Pointe du Hoc, leading up to the official commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landing on June 6. (Photo by Jordan Pettitt - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, the Prince of Wales attends the Government of Canada ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, at Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France,  June 6, 2024. Jordan Pettitt/Pool via REUTERS

Prince William – ‘Canada and the UK continue to stand side by side as we did in 1944’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Shutterstock (14525533ih) Prince William D-Day 80: Canadian ceremony at Canadian War Cemetery, Courseulles-sur-Mer, France - 06 Jun 2024

The Prince of Wales said he wanted to thank the Canadian veterans for their ‘extraordinary acts of bravery and sacrifice’ and he spoke of the continued bond between Canada and the UK.

All of you demonstrated heroism, and determination, that ensured fascism was conquered.

The commitment to service displayed by Canadian troops, is a great testament to the strength of the people of Canada.

Canada and the UK continue to stand side by side as we did in 1944. Just as strong together, 80 years later.

Ensuring the memory of those who fought for freedom lives on is why we’ve come together again today – to say thank you.

Prince William – D-Day remains most ambitious military operation in history

Prince William has declared D-Day remains the ‘most ambitious military operation in history’ but came at a ‘great cost’.

The Prince of Wales is speaking at at the Canadian commemorative ceremony on Juno Beach.

Watch the below footage of him expressing his gratitude to veterans.

Watch: Martin Freeman reads moving letter from D-Day veteran

We can now bring you footage of the moment actor Martin Freeman read the words of a D-Day veteran who landed on Gold Beach 80 years ago today.

Mr Freeman spoke the words of Joe Mines, who was present at the commemorative event held in Normandy.

King Charles and President Macron lay wreaths at British memorial

King Charles and French President Emmanuel Macron have laid wreaths at the British memorial in Normandy following a service to honour D-Day veterans on the 80th anniversary of the military operation.

Emmanuel Macron smiled and shook the King’s hand after he spoke partially in French at the event.

Charles was seen laughing with the French president as the two spoke for a while.

The King then saluted during the Last Post and the silence that followed.

Some veterans stood and saluted while others remained in their chairs with their eyes closed.

The veterans have been saluted by the Red Arrows.

VER-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: King Charles III lays a wreath during the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 06, 2024 in Ver-Sur-Mer, France. Normandy is hosting various events across significant sites such as Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-Mère-ÿglise, and Pointe du Hoc, to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
VER-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: President of France, Emmanuel Macron lays a wreath during the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 06, 2024 in Ver-Sur-Mer, France. Normandy is hosting various events across significant sites such as Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-Mère-ÿglise, and Pointe du Hoc, to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Pictured: Sir Tom Jones performs at British memorial

Sir Tom Jones performs during the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. It is the first time the memorial, which contains the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, has been used for major anniversary commemorations, having been opened in 2021.  See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Before the King spoke in Normandy, Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones performed I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall.

Jones’ grandfather died in World War One, and is buried in France.

Watch: King praises ‘wartime generation’

We can now bring you footage of the King’s address at a British memorial event to honour D-Day veterans.

King Charles reflects on ‘supreme test’ facing his grandfather

Britain's King Charles goes to deliver a speech during the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion?s commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, at the World War II British Normandy Memorial near the village of Ver-sur-Mer which overlooks Gold Beach and Juno Beach in northwestern France, on June 6, 2024.  LUDOVIC MARIN/Pool via REUTERS

The King paid tribute to the ‘remarkable war-time generation’ as he gave a speech at the UK national commemorative event in Normandy on the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Eighty years ago on D-Day, the 6th of June 1944, our nation – and those which stood alongside it – faced what my grandfather, King George VI, described as the supreme test.

How fortunate we were, and the entire free world, that a generation of men and women in the United Kingdom and other allied nations did not flinch when the moment came to face that test.

On the beaches of Normandy, on the seas beyond and in the skies overhead, our armed forces carried out their duty with a humbling sense of resolve and determination – qualities so characteristic of that remarkable war-time generation.

Very many of them never came home, they lost their lives on the D-Day landing grounds or in the many battles that followed.

‘Free nations must stand together and oppose tyranny’

King Charles III speaking during the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. It is the first time the memorial, which contains the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, has been used for major anniversary commemorations, having been opened in 2021.  See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

King Charles called on countries to unite and ‘oppose tyranny’ as he praised allied nations in his tribute to D-Day veterans

Speaking at the British memorial in Normandy, the King said:

How fortunate we were, and the entire free world, that a generation of men and women in the UK and other allied nations did not flinch when the moment came to face that test.

We recall the lesson that comes to us again and again across the decades: Free nations must stand together to oppose tyranny.

King speaks in French as he honours D-Day veterans

VER-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: King Charles III attends the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 06, 2024 in Ver-Sur-Mer, France. Normandy is hosting various events across significant sites such as Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-Mère-ÿglise, and Pointe du Hoc, to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

King Charles delivered part of his tribute to D-Day veterans in French as he called on people to take forward the message of ‘courage and resilience in pursuit of freedom’ that was left by those who didn’t make it home.

It is with the most profound sense of gratitude that we remember them and all who served at that critical time.

Breaking:King Charles – Our obligation to remember veterans can never diminish

VER-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: King Charles III attends the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 06, 2024 in Ver-Sur-Mer, France. Normandy is hosting various events across significant sites such as Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-Mère-ÿglise, and Pointe du Hoc, to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The King is now speaking at the British ceremony.

Over the past 40 years, I have had the great privilege of attending seven D-Day commemorations in Normandy and meeting so many distinguished veterans.

Indeed, I shall never forget the haunting sight and sound of thousands of bemedaled figures proudly marching past into a French sunset on these beaches.

Our ability to learn from their stories at first hand diminishes but our obligation to remember them, what they stood for and what they achieved for us all can never diminish.

Watch: King appears emotional during D-Day service

This is the moment King Charles appeared to be overcome with emotion during the British ceremony for D-Day veterans in Normandy.

Pictured: Prince of Wales joins Justin Trudeau at Canadian national ceremony

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) speaks with Britain's Prince William, the Prince of Wales (L) as they attend the Canadian commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, at the Juno Beach Centre near the village of Courseulles-sur-Mer, in northwestern France, on June 6, 2024. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 80th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. (Photo by LOU BENOIST / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LOU BENOIST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Prince William has joined Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Canadian commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the Juno Beach Centre near the village of Courseulles-sur-Mer in Normandy.

Watch: President Macron arrives at British Normandy Memorial

French President Emmanuel Macron and the first lady Brigitte Macron have arrived at the British Normandy Memorial.

Macron tok his seat next to King Charles and Queen Camilla to watch the commemoration.

The French president will later be awarding France’s highest distinction, the Légion d’honneur, to veterans.

See the video below of his arrival:

Martin Freeman reads out D-Day veteran’s memories

Actor Martin Freeman speaking during the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. It is the first time the memorial, which contains the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, has been used for major anniversary commemorations, having been opened in 2021.  See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Martin Freeman is present in Normandy and has read out the memories of Mr Mines, second Battalion Essex regiment, who landed on the beach at Normandy 80 years ago today.

Joe Mines, clearing mines. One of our fellows trod on one and blew his leg off. The whole leg went. War is brutal.

I was 19 when I landed, but I was still a boy. I don’t care what people say, I wasn’t a man, I was a boy. And I didn’t have any idea of war of war and killing.

I want to pay my respects to those who didn’t make it. May they rest in peace.

Prince William – ‘We will always remember those who served and who waved them off’

The Prince and Princess of Wales have released a tribute to D-Day veterans on social media as King Charles and Rishi Sunak attend a British ceremony in Normandy.

Prince William said in a heartfelt tribute: ‘Today we remember the bravery of those who crossed the sea to liberate Europe.

‘We will always remember those who served and those who waved them off.

‘The mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, who watched their loved ones go into battle, unsure if they would ever return.’

Queen wipes eye as D-Day veteran’s memories are read out

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. It is the first time the memorial, which contains the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, has been used for major anniversary commemorations, having been opened in 2021.  See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

The Queen was seen wiping her eye as the memories of a D-Day veteran were read out.

The audience in Ver-sur-Mer heard the experiences of Joe Mines, 99, from Hornchurch in London.

Camilla dabbed her eye before smiling with the King as Mr Mines waved his arms in the air.

Martin Freeman is present in Normandy and has read out the memories of Mr Mines, second Battalion Essex regiment, who landed on the beach at Normandy 80 years ago today.

Pictured: King Charles and Queen Camilla at British ceremony for D-Day anniversary

We can now bring you more pictures of King Charles and Queen Camilla after they arrived at a British ceremony to remember D-Day veterans on the 80th anniversary of the military operation.

Some veterans were helped from their wheelchairs to stand when the King and Queen arrived.

Charles was seen nodding and smiling at the veterans as he passed.

VER-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 06, 2024 in Ver-Sur-Mer, France. Normandy is hosting various events across significant sites such as Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-Mère-ÿglise, and Pointe du Hoc, to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
VER-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: King Charles III, Queen Camilla and Veteran Richard Trelease attend the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion's commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 06, 2024 in Ver-Sur-Mer, France. Normandy is hosting various events across significant sites such as Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-Mère-ÿglise, and Pointe du Hoc, to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. It is the first time the memorial, which contains the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, has been used for major anniversary commemorations, after having been opened in 2021. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Watch: Sunak leads standing ovation for last remaining D-Day veterans

This is the moment Prime Minister Rishi Sunak led a standing ovation for Britain’s surviving D-Day veterans.

Mr Sunak told veterans ‘we owe you everything’ as he addressed the audience at the UK’s national commemoration event in Normandy to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Breaking:King and Queen arrive at British ceremony

King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive for the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. It is the first time the memorial, which contains the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, has been used for major anniversary commemorations, after having been opened in 2021. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The King and Queen have arrived at the UK’s national commemoration event at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, France.

They were greeted by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, his wife Akshata Murty and Lord Peter Ricketts, honorary president of the Normandy Memorial Trust, among other officials.

The King is dressed as a Field marshal and is carrying a Field Marshal’s baton. It was given to him by the late Queen, his mother.

Sunak: Veterans are the ‘best of us’ and we will not forget them

Rishi Sunak is addresing more than 2,000 veterans and guests at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer.

‘We are here to honour the service of those who did [serve],’ he said.

‘We are humbled to be with you and for what you did that day, we will always be grateful.

‘You risked everything and we owe you everything.’

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaking  during the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. It is the first time the memorial, which contains the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, has been used for major anniversary commemorations, having been opened in 2021.  See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Scotland’s First Minister talks with D-Day veterans in Normandy

First Minister of Scotland John Swinney has been speaking with to D-Day veterans ahead of the UK national commemorative event in Normandy.

First Minister of Scotland John Swinney speaking to D-Day veterans ahead of  the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. It is the first time the memorial, which contains the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, has been used for major anniversary commemorations, having been opened in 2021.  See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
First Minister of Scotland John Swinney speaking to D-Day veterans ahead of  the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. It is the first time the memorial, which contains the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, has been used for major anniversary commemorations, having been opened in 2021.  See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

‘What a waste of time war is,’ says D-Day veteran

D-Day veteran Stan Mincher has just appeared on the BBC to remember ‘what a waste of time war is’ as he grieves the loss of his loved ones who died.

The veteran, 98, rejected the glorification of war, adding: ‘I commemorate. I think once again what a waste of time war is.

‘Most of my friends who died were a year or two older, my brother died, my stepmother died, a lot of my school friends died, that was a generation that was badly hit.

‘War is not pleasant, it’s not exciting, it doesn’t achieve much in the end, and there isn’t a need for it. It can be avoided.’

Sunak and Starmer arrive at British ceremony

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer speaking with Defence Secretary Grant Shapps ahead of the UK national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, held at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. It is the first time the memorial, which contains the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, has been used for major anniversary commemorations, having been opened in 2021.  See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has arrived at the D-Day commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, France.

The Prime Minister arrived with his wife Akshata Murty at the Memorial Entrance and will address an audience gathered to mark the 80th anniversary of the invasion later in the morning.

Mr Sunak shook hands with Grant Shapps as he walked along a receiving line of military officials.

Sir Keir Starmer could be seen speaking with Grant Shapps ahead of the UK National Commemorative Event.

The Labour leader and Defence Secretary were situated under a marquee where veterans will watch proceedings.

Watch: King Charles and Rishi Sunak to attend British ceremony in Normandy

Watch our live stream of the British ceremony in Normandy to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

King Charles, Queen Camilla and Rishi Sunak will attend the UK’s national commemoration event at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer.

President Biden arrives in Normandy for D-Day ceremony

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Carpiquet, France, enroute to ceremonies to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US President Joe Biden has arrived in Normandy for the D-Day commemorations.

He was just spotted getting off Air Force One alongside First lady Jill Biden at Caen Carpiquet Airport in France.

The president will be attending commemoration ceremonies throughout the day

Pictured: Royal Marines recreate D-Day beach landing

A beach landing by the Royal Marines of 47 Commando and civilians at Asnelles before their annual 'yomp' to Port-en-Bessin, in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Royal Marines have recreated a D-Day beach landing to pay tribute to those who took part in the historic invasion.

Soldiers aboard a landing craft waded into the sea while a piper played on the beach at Asnelles

Spectators clapped as the troops came ashore, some carrying wreaths.

Major Andy Atkinson, Officer Commanding 47 Commando Royal Marines, told spectators lined on the beach wall and grass on the hill overlooking the sea that he served in Iraq and Afghanistan but ‘nothing compares’ to D-Day.

‘Where we are standing now is smoke and fire,’ he said describing the reality of the operation 80 years ago.

Sunak to miss major 80th anniversary ceremony on Omaha Beach

RETRANSMITTING ADDING NAME Prime Minister Rishi Sunak meets D-Day veteran Roy Haywood after the UK's national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, hosted by the Ministry of Defence on Southsea Common in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Picture date: Wednesday June 5, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Leon Neal/PA Wire

Rishi Sunak will miss the major international ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day but Sir Keir Starmer will mingle with world leaders at the Omaha Beach event.

The Prime Minister is attending events in Normandy including speaking at the major British ceremony, but will not be present alongside leaders including France’s Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden at the international gathering.

With the general election campaign in full swing, the Tory leader will head back to the UK – but his rival Sir Keir will be at the high-profile international event in Normandy.

A Tory source played down the diplomatic impact of the PM’s absence, pointing out he will see Mr Macron, Mr Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and other key leaders at the G7 summit in Italy next week.

The Prince of Wales and senior ministers will represent the UK at the international event, joining more than 25 heads of state and veterans for the official ceremony on Omaha Beach, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

‘Remembering my grandad’: Tributes to D-Day veterans on social media

Britons have been paying tribute to their relatives on social media this morning to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Many people have posted to say they are remembering their grandparents and ancestors.

Here is just a selection we can show you:

British Legion chief – Anniversary is likely the last major one for ‘sprightly’ D-Day veterans

Re-enactors on Gold Beach in Arromanches at sunrise in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

For D-Day veterans, today’s commemorations to mark 80 years since the military operation to liberate Nazi-occupied France are likely going to be the last major anniversary they will attend, according to the director-general of the Royal British Legion.

Mark Atkinson said it felt ‘momentous’ to be in Normandy today with surviving veterans but admitted those with living memories of the event may pass away in the coming years.

It does feel momentous to be here on the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy that followed

They’re incredibly sprightly – we’ve got a group with us who are arranging between 98 and 103 years of age, all coming in on the beaches down here.”

The next one will be 85 (years), the brutal truth is there simply won’t be many veterans left.

But it’s our job at the Royal British Legion to make sure that that service is remembered.

It wasn’t until after the thundering guns and screams of men on the beaches of northern France grew quiet that Les Underwood knew he had taken part in the D-Day landings.

The Royal Navy gunner was one of 160,000 men sailing in a vast armada of 3,000 landing craft, 2,500 ships and 500 ancillary craft and merchant vessels, tasked with launching the liberation of Europe.

Describing the military operation as the ‘privilege of his life’, the 98-year-old still recalls with vivid clarity what he saw and heard as the allied assault began that day.

Read his story here as well as other D-Day heroes reported by Cameron Roy, Sam Merriman and Amogh George:

Today is about ‘commemoration, not celebration’

Re-enactors on Gold Beach in Arromanches at sunrise in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Former UK ambassador to France Lord Peter Ricketts is in Normandy this morning for the D-Day 80th anniversary.

Remembering all those who died, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme:

It’s commemoration, certainly not celebration.

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, commemorations have taken on a new significance, according to Lord Ricketts, with President Putin not invited to this year’s remembrance events.

‘What Russia has done since then makes it impossible for a senior Russian representative to be here,’ he said.

Pictured: Farage joins re-enactors on Gold Beach

Leader of Reform UK Nigel Farage on Gold Beach in Arromanches in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Reform Party UK leader Nigel Farage walked on Gold Beach at sunrise during a private visit to Normandy this morning.

He posed with re-enactors on Gold Beach in Arromanches in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landing.

Mr Farage tweeted on the eve of the 80th anniversary.

Jonathan Mayo, author of D-Day: Minute by Minute, has written a blow by blow account of the operation as seen through the eyes of people who were there – from soldiers to French villagers to journalists.

Piper – ‘humbling and privileged experience’

ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Pipe Major Trevor Macey-Lillie of the Scots Royal Artillery plays a lament as he arrives on Gold Beach in a WWII landing craft at 0726, the exact time 80 years ago that British troops stepped on to the beaches of Normandy and Piper Bill Millin lead them ashore under heavy fire playing Highland Laddie" "The Road to the Isles" and "All The Blue Bonnets Are Over The Border" as his comrades fell around him, on June 06, 2024 in Arromanches-les-Bains, France. June 6th is the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The military piper who played a lament on the bagpipes in a tradition to recreate the exact moment thousands of British troops disembarked onto French beaches has described it as a ‘humbling and privileged experience’.

Major Trevor Macey-Lillie (pictured above), piper with the Scottish gunners, performed the lament at Gold Beach in Arromanches at sunrise today.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said:

I was here on the 75th anniversary, and I was asked to come back for the 80th.

We are here to represent and remember the veterans who are still here today and the young soldiers of old who didn’t make it home.

Pictured: Military ceremony on Gold Beach

We can now bring you pictures of the ceremony this morning on Gold Beach where a giant poppy was displayed on the sand for the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Crowds of re-enactors with their wartime vehicles, and visitors had previously filled the area as the sun rose.

People were seen writing in the sand and wandering the beach cupping hot drinks in their hands as they looked out to sea.

Following the piper’s lament, a French church service was held and military planes flew over head.

People attending the ceremony on Gold Beach in Arromanches in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Military personnel attending a ceremony on Gold Beach in Arromanches in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
People attending the ceremony on Gold Beach in Arromanches in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
A giant poppy is displayed on Gold Beach in Arromanches in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Picture date: Thursday June 6, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

A lone military piper has today played on Gold Beach to mark the moment the first British troops stormed the Normandy coast on D-Day 80 years ago

Major Trevor Macey-Lillie played Highland Laddie as he was carried to the beach at Arromanches on a Royal Marines amphibious landing craft flanked by service members.

Crowds gathered at the beach to view the reenactment, which took place in a picturesque sunrise – a far cry from the cloudy and rough seas that welcomed 25,000 soldiers who landed on the same stretch of coast in 1944.

Read Matthew Lodge and Dan Woodland’s piece here:

In pictures: D-Day 80th anniversary commemorations

Rory Tingle reports King Charles was adamant he would go to D-Day commemoration events in Britain and Normandy and made it a personal goal to attend.

The monarch, 75, was present at the UK’s national commemorative event in Portsmouth yesterday and the commemorations in northern France today – marking his first major international event since he began treatment for cancer.

Read Rory’s report here:

Watch: Queen meets D-Day veteran who moved her to tears

This is the moment Queen Camilla met the D-Day veteran whose story of heroism brought her to tears.

Eric Batemen joined the navy at just 17 years old to ‘do his bit for King and Country’, but has rarely spoken about his part in the historic D-Day landings in Normandy.

King Charles yesterday urged people not to forget the ‘service and sacrifice’ of the heroes of D-Day in his first public speech since being diagnosed with cancer.

The monarch, 75, joined the Prince of Wales, leading UK politicians and veterans at a major event in Portsmouth to mark the 80th anniversary of the landings.

Read Rory Tingle’s report here:

Let’s bring you our top story on MailOnline as Robert Hardman joins 100 veterans known as the ‘lucky ones’ and Princess Anne for poignant D-Day tributes.

Read Robert’s piece here:

D-Day 80th anniversary – What is happening today?

US President Joe Biden is seen upon arrival at Paris Orly airport near Paris, on June 5, 2024, as he travels to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. JULIEN DE ROSA/Pool via REUTERS REFILE - QUALITY REPEAT

Let’s take a look at what we have coming up today with events taking place in France and here in the UK:

  • King Charles, Queen Camilla and Rishi Sunak attend the UK’s national commemoration event at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer.
  • Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Prince of Wales attend the Canadian national ceremony at Juno Beach centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer.
  • US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron expected to attend the American national ceremony with a memorial service at the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.
  • A D-Day memorial service will be held in Southsea, Portsmouth, with a veterans parade members of the Armed Forces march also taking place.
  • The Royal British Legion will hold a service of remembrance with veterans and family members at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire with the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh to attend.
  • World leaders will gather at an international ceremony on Omaha Beach where Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. President Biden, Rishi Sunak, Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron to attend alongside the Prince of Wales.
  • Beacons will be lit across the UK and all five beaches in Normandy to remember those involved in the D-Day operation.

We will be providing live coverage throughout the day.

MailOnline has produced this explainer with everything you need to know about the Normandy landings and why it is known as D-Day.

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PABestKing Charles III speaks at the UK's national commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, hosted by the Ministry of Defence on Southsea Common in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Picture date: Wednesday June 5, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL DDay. Photo credit should read: Leon Neal/PA Wire

Hello and welcome to MailOnline’s live coverage of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

We have a day packed with events to mark the military operation by Allied forces to liberate Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944 – the largest ever attempted by air, land and sea.

King Charles and US President Joe Biden will be in France and we will bring you the news from the events plus pictures and videos of this significant anniversary.

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