Prince Charles and Camilla attend a service of remembrance in Normandy

Prince Charles and Camilla attend a service of remembrance in Normandy as they pay their respects to D-Day’s fallen soldiers

  • The Prince of Wales was representing the Queen in Normandy, France, today
  • It is to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest military invasion in history 
  • He was joined by his wife the Duchess of Cornwall at a service of remembrance

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a service of remembrance in Bayeux, Normandy, today, as they paid their respects to the thousands of soldiers who died on D-Day.

The Prince of Wales was representing the Queen in France, to mark the 75th anniversary of the largest military invasion in history. 

The royal couple’s first engagement was at the Bayeux Cathedral, with Prime Minister Theresa May and 300 British D-Day veterans also attending the service.


Prince Charles (pictured right) and the Duchess of Cornwall (left) attend a service of remembrance in Bayeux, Normandy, in France

The royal couple sit next to the Prime Minister and her husband as they pay their respects to the thousands of soldiers who died on D-Day

The Prince of Wales (pictured leaving the ceremony with his wife) was representing the Queen in France, to mark the 75th anniversary of the largest military invasion in history

Charles wore a number of military medals at the D-Day commemorative occasion, including the Queen’s Service Order, New Zealand, and the Canadian Forces decoration. 

Also adorned on his navy, pinstripe suit blazer was the New Zealand commemorative medal, the long service good conduct medal, and medals marking the Queen’s coronation and jubilees. 

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall was the picture of perfection, clad in a pale gold coat dress by Dior. 

Prime Minister Theresa May courtesy’s for Prince Charles outside Bayeux Cathedral in France


The Duchess of Cornwall was the picture of perfection, clad in a pale gold coat dress and matching hat

On Camilla’s lapel was a brooch given to her by the 4th Battalion the Rifles, of which she is Royal Colonel

Camilla teamed her elegant ensemble with a matching hat by Philip Treacy, while sporting a glamorous pearl necklace and earrings set.

On her lapel was a brooch given to her by the 4th Battalion the Rifles, of which she is Royal Colonel. 

At the start of the service, a message on behalf of Pope Francis was read by Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

He said D-Day was ‘decisive in the fight against Nazi barbarism’ and paid tribute to those who ‘joined the Army and gave their lives for freedom and peace’.

D-Day veteran Kenneth Hay read from the poem Normandy, by Cyril Crain, who also took part in the Allied invasion.

At the start of the service, a message on behalf of Pope Francis was read by Cardinal Marc Ouellet (pictured the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall)

The Duchess of Cornwall talks to Prime Minister Theresa May as they attend the service

Theresa May greets Prince Charles as Veterans, families, visitors, political leaders and military personnel gather in Normandy to commemorate D-Day

Mr Hay’s reading began: ‘Come and stand in memory of men who fought and died. They gave their lives in Normandy, remember them with pride.’

Mr Crain landed at Juno Beach in June 1944, four days before his 21st birthday. He died in 2014, aged 91.

The Normandy town of Bayeux was the first to be liberated by Allied troops after D-Day. 

Dignitaries will lay memorial wreaths and the Last Post will be played at the site where more than 4,000 war dead are buried.  

The moving day in northern France began with a ceremony at dawn where a lone piper played a lament marking the exact moment in 1944 when British troops first landed and charged across the sand towards their Nazi foes.

Charles wore a number of military medals at the D-Day commemorative occasion, including the Queen’s Service Order, New Zealand, and the Canadian Forces decoration

Also adorned on his navy, pinstripe suit blazer was the New Zealand commemorative medal, the long service good conduct medal, and medals marking the Queen’s coronation and jubilees

Camilla teamed her elegant ensemble with a glamorous pearl necklace and earrings set

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