Marking the Normandy Landings 80 years on

The King and Queen will pay tribute to fallen soldiers at the event at the British Normandy Memorial. They’ll be joined by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The site pays tribute to 22,442 service personnel under British command who died on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, as the Allied Forces launched Operation Overlord. This massive assault's objective was to retake Nazi-occupied France.

On the first day of the assault, 132,715 Allied soldiers were successfully put ashore against heavy resistance.

An exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, explores how Britain's maritime forces supported the largest amphibious invasion of the Second World War.  D-Day and The Royal Navy is a collection of Historic Photographs & Ship Plans.

There is more information on the Royal Museums Greenwich Website.

The Prince of Wales is due to attend the Canadian commemorative event at the Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer, before joining more than 25 heads of state and veterans for the official international ceremony on Omaha Beach, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

In the UK, an 80-strong flotilla of boats will leave from Falmouth, Cornwall, where thousands of troops departed to take part in the invasion, while a beacon-lighting ceremony will take place in Aylesford, Kent.

Comments

Add a comment

Today's Weather

  • Greenwich

    Light rain shower

    High: 18°C | Low: 10°C