Donald Trump and other world leaders have joined The Queen in Portsmouth to remember the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
As well as the US President, leaders and representatives from 14 other countries joined the commemorations to honour veterans of the largest amphibious military invasion in history.
Figures from every country that fought alongside the British Empire against Nazi Germany were present, as well as Prince Charles, Theresa May and members of the armed forces.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the event, as well as prime ministers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia and Denmark.
Some 300 D-Day veterans, who are all now aged over 90, are also attending the event in Portsmouth – one of the key embarkation points for the offensive.
The audience watched three veterans sharing their testimonies of D-Day in a pre-recorded video displayed on large screens.
Bert Edwards, a British veteran who served as an Able Seaman on HMS Bellona spoke of provided firing support to Omaha beach from the ship.
He said he was not nervous on the day just ‘apprehensive’, adding: ‘At the time we had no idea it was as vicious as it was.’
Canadian veteran Bob Roberts also spoke, he was a lance corporal in the New Brunswick Regiment and was among the first to land on Normandy’s Juno beach on June 6.
American Eugene Deibler shared his memories of serving as a sergeant with the 501st Airborne Regiment and parachuting into Normandy at 1.30am on June 6, behind Utah beach.
As the event got under way a group of veterans came onto the event’s large stage and were given a standing ovation.
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