Watch: World leaders mark D-Day 80th anniversary in France

Holly Patrick
Thursday 06 June 2024 19:29 BST

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Watch as Emmanuel Macron led a ceremony with world leaders marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany occupation on Thursday, 6 June.

The French president and first lady Brigitte Macron welcomed heads of state and government and their partners to Saint-Laurent-Sur-Mer, and awarded Legion of Honour medals to veterans.

It came after King Charles III addressed an emotional crowd of veterans at the national commemorative event in Ver-sur-Mer in Normandy, France, speaking of his “profound sense of gratitude” to those who served in 1944.

Veterans wiped their eyes with tissues as Charles spoke at the national commemorative event.

At the Canadian commemorative ceremony on Juno Beach, the Prince of Wales thanked those who served “for our freedom”, adding: “All of you demonstrated heroism, and determination, that ensured fascism was conquered.”

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