Prince Charles and Camilla lead D-Day commemorations in Normandy


Prince Charles and Camilla lead D-Day commemorations in Normandy
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Normandy on Thursday morning to start their D-Day commemorations.

The royal couple, who usually remember the day on home ground, made the special visit across the Channel to mark the 70th anniversary of the historic moment. D-Day is credited as leading to the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany in 1944.

Giving a nod to those who lost their lives during the D-Day landings, Charles, 65, donned traditional military uniform. The Duchess of Cornwall, 66, showed her respects, wearing a straight-cut grey coat and white dress underneath.
 

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles

The future King and his wife were seen crossing Pegasus Bridge, one of the first points that British troops successfully captured within minutes of landing in gliders on the Normandy beaches.

The bridge, also known as the Benouville Bridge, is located in the village of Ranville, which was the first to be liberated during the war.

Charles gave his best salute and lay a wreath at the Glider 3 memorial on the bridge. “In ever grateful remembrance of your service and sacrifice, Charles,” read the note on the wreath.
 

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles

The first-in-line to the throne and Camilla shared an emotional moment when they met with veterans and young soldiers. The group also watched an RAF flypast over the bridge and a parachute jump just outside of Ranville.

Charles and Camilla will be joined by other members of the British royal family who will travel to France to honour the day.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh departed St Pancras International, London late on Thursday morning. Before she boarded the train to set off for Paris” Gare du Nord, Her Majesty unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
 

The Queen

Upon arriving in the French capital, the Queen made a quick stop at the British embassy and was then given a ceremonial welcome at the Arc de Triomphe by French President François Hollande.

On the D-Day anniversary itself on Friday 6 June, the reigning monarch will lead an international service of commemoration attended by royals, presidents and prime ministers.

Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, will also be treated to the same welcome at the Arc De Triomphe when they arrive in Paris on Friday, before moving on to meetings at the Elysée Palace.