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Prince Charles attends remembrance service and reception as the first day of D-Day engagements come to an end

The Prince of Wales travelled on to attend The Service of Remembrance at the crossroads at Le Mesnil Bavant, where a memorial has been erected to commemorate the actions of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion and other units of 3 Parachute Brigade.

The service, conducted by the Airborne Chaplain, 16 Air Assault Brigade consisted of a Welcome, The Lord’s Prayer, A Lesson, Prayers, and the Act of Remembrance. After the Reveille, Charles laid two wreaths: one at the Canadian memorial and one at the British memorial.

After the service, Charles met the commune mayors, Canadian veterans and members of the Parachute Regimental Association.

The final engagement of the day had Charles attend a reception hosted by the 12th Parachute Battalion for veterans and members of the Parachute Regimental Association. Canadian parachutists who participated in the main parachute drop at Ranville were also in attendance.

The Battle of Bréville was fought by the British 6th Airborne Division and the German 346th Infantry Division, between 8th and 13th June 1944, during the invasion of Normandy.

On Friday, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral, later they will attend the Canadian National Memorial Service at the Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer, to commemorate Canada’s role in the Normandy Landings.

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