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Queen and royals commemorate D-Day on Sword Beach

Her Majesty along with The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings at Sword Beach.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were greeted on arrival by President Hollande.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived a few moments later and were also greeted by President Hollande before attending the ceremony.

This will be the main formal moment of commemoration on 6th June, bringing together Heads of State and Government from eighteen countries and 6,000 veterans and local residents.

Sword Beach stretches for five miles from Ouistreham to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. It was the furthest east of the five beaches (Juno, Utah, Omaha, Gold and Sword) targeted on D-Day. It is nine miles to the north-east of the strategically important city of Caen, and alongside the Orne canal which formed the Eastern boundary of the lodgement area defined in the D-Day planning.

The bridges over Orne canal were secured by ‘the Paras’ on the night of 5-6 June. A total of 28,845 men from the British 3rd Infantry Division came ashore here, with over 600 losing their lives.

Featured photo credit: theharv58 via photopin cc

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