The Duke of Cambridge, along with a number of D-Day veterans, read from William Shakespeare’s Henry V, including the words which were used to rouse troops on the day of the assault on 6th June 1944.
The video was recorded for the BBC Radio 2 commemorative concert titled D-Day 70 years on and it was played on Friday night at the Royal Albert Hall. It was also broadcast in UK cinemas and sent to UK Forces bases around the world.
Profits from the event will be donated to three military charities: The Royal British Legion, the Soldiers, Sailors, and Airman’s Families Association (SSAFA) and SkillForce, of which the Duke of Cambridge is Patron.
The main mission of SkillForce is to inspire young people to achieve at school and succeed in life however they also give service leaders and ex Forces personnel an opportunity to start a new career in education. Prince William became Patron of Skillforce in February 2009 and, through his Patronage, SkillForce is a member of the charitable forum of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. This means that SkillForce are able to build connections with other leading charities in the United Kingdom.
Some of the organisations that supported SkillForce in 2013 included Comic Relief Sport for Change, Stepping Stones, The Poppy Factory and Help for Heroes.
The Duke of Cambridge, along with The Duchess of Cambridge, were in Normandy on Friday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. They both attended a veterans tea party in Arromanches; it was both a celebration of the veterans efforts 70 years ago and a time to remember those who had made the ultimate sacrifice. From the tea party, the Royal couple attended a commemoration event for the landings on Gold Beach, where they watched on as many veterans marched past them for what may be the last time they will do so as the Normandy Veterans Association is disbanding later this year.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s engagements in France came as Her Majesty The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended events in Ouistreham.
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