Your complete guide to the commemorations of the D-Day 75-year anniversary
Thousands of people will participate in D-Day commemorative events in the UK and France this week.
Hundreds of veterans, members of the royal family and US President Donald Trump will come together to remember what is considered one of the most important events of World War II and the largest amphibious invasion in military history.
The National Memorial Day of Great Britain falls on Wednesday, when 4,000 soldiers, 11 Royal Naval ships and 26 RAF planes will participate in events at Portsmouth.
It coincides with President Trump's state visit, of which veterans have argued that it can distract people from the historic jubilee.
Veterans have already left in large numbers for France to reach Normandy in time for the memorial services on Thursday.
Here is your guide to the full list of events on both sides of the Channel on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings this week.
Dozens of World War II veterans left Portsmouth on Monday afternoon so that they could come to Normandy on Thursday June 6 for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Members of the audience are depicted waving Union Jacks as they sail away
Veterans are depicted as flags of the first boat, MV Boudicca, sponsored by the Royal British Legion, departed from Dover on Sunday morning
A full war parade of war planes will take place tomorrow and Wednesday, with aircraft taking off from Duxford airport in Cambridgeshire. Three Spitfires are shown as they fly in formation over the white cliffs on Dover on Sunday
US Army vehicles travel in convoy near Graye-sur-Mer, in Normandy this afternoon, as final preparations are taking place for this week's commemorations
Men dressed as soldiers from the Second World War. American soldiers take out their binoculars when they park on the beach of Arromanches-les-Bains, in Normandy in their Jeep
The movable tribute from Queen to the heroes of D-Day
The heroic veterans of D-Day were greeted yesterday by the queen for their & # 39; immense courage, ingenuity and determination & # 39 ;.
She praised the soldiers, sailors and airmen who in June 1944 helped Europe to enjoy the freedom it enjoys today.
President Donald Trump and the Queen (shown together today in Westminster Abbey) will attend the most important British memorial day in Portsmouth on Wednesday
The queen wrote an eventful message to the survivors – and to those who never came home.
Published in a brochure that marked the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the message was: & # 39; The complex mission required unprecedented cooperation between the forces of different nations, who gathered in great numbers in Britain before they made the journey across the Channel.
& # 39; Sailors, soldiers and airmen from 14 countries showed immense bravery, resourcefulness and determination.
& # 39; I am sure that these commemorations will be an opportunity to honor those who have made extraordinary sacrifices to secure freedom in Europe. They should never be forgotten. & # 39;
Theresa May, in a preface from the guide, said the & # 39; triumph of planning and logistics & # 39; of D-Day an & incomparable moment in our history & # 39; remains. The prime minister said: & It is thanks to their courage and that of our other allies that Europe is free today and has peace. It is thanks to their resourcefulness and determination that today we have the freedom to live our lives the way we want. We will never forget everything they have given – or the sacrifices of the fallen. & # 39;
The reports came when the Allied nations were willing to celebrate the anniversary with commemorative events in England and France.
The services in Great Britain and Normandy are attended by the Queen, Mrs. May, President Donald Trump, the Prince of Wales, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
For many of the survivors – the youngest being 90 – it will be their last chance to pay their respects.
Today in Portsmouth, a National Commemorative Event is at the center of the memorial services, with live performances and a spectacular flight past past and current RAF war planes, including a screening by the Red Arrows.
Tonight, 255 survivors sail back to Normandy aboard a luxury cruise ship. Tomorrow Prince Charles and Mrs. May will attend ceremonies in Bayeux, where hundreds of British soldiers died. President Trump will honor Americans who fell on Omaha Beach and a service will be held for Canadian troops who stormed Juno Beach.
The UK National Memorial Day falls on Wednesday and coincides with the state visit of US President Donald Trump.
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Portsmouth will be taken over by D-Day anniversary events to symbolize the important role of the port city in the invasion of the Allies.
The main memorial event will begin in Southsea Common, attended by both the Queen and President Donald Trump.
Representatives from other Allied countries and Germany are expected to attend the event at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial with 4,000 military personnel, 11 Royal Naval ships and 26 RAF planes.
The rise of Mr. Trump has led to a massive security operation and claims that his presence will divert the attention of veterans.
A frigate from the Royal Netherlands Navy will shoot a ship's gun salute followed by a fly paste of up to 25 historic and modern RAF aircraft, including the Red Arrows and Spitfires.
The red arrows come back for a second air screen over Southsea Common.
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Around 280 paratroopers, including 130 British troops and 150 from the French army, will participate in a parachute descent to fields near Sannerville, in northern France, which served as a drop zone for the Allies in 1944. A later screen includes a tandem jump with D-Day veterans, followed by a re-enactment by 200 paratroopers from Douglas C-47 Dakotas, flown from the UK.
MV Boudicca, the chartered ship of the Royal British Legion, departs from Portsmouth with more than 300 veterans on board.
He left Dover on 2 June and took former soldiers to commemorative events on the south coast before leaving for Normandy.
It is accompanied by a Royal Navy ship and flotilla and will arrive on time for the main anniversary on Thursday.
Members of the public can watch the ship depart from Portsmouth from a number of vantage points on Wednesday morning.
The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flies over Portsmouth to mark the departure of the legion ship.
Events in Portsmouth
Live broadcast of the events in Portsmouth, National Memorial Arboretum The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire shows a live broadcast of the BBC coverage of the events taking place in Portsmouth on a large screen on Heroes Square from 9.15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free entrance.
Veterans are limiting the decks of MV Boudicca, who was photographed when he left Dover on Sunday evening
June the 6th
In Arromanches-les-Bains, the army will mark the exact moment when the first British soldier landed on Gold Beach with a flute player playing on top of part of the Mulberry harbor. Immediately afterwards a brief flag-raising moment will take place with troops from the Royal Logistic Corps. Vintage military vehicles are displayed on the beach from 7.45 am.
Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron will be present at the inauguration of the British Normandy Memorial, overlooking Gold Beach in Ver-sur-Mer.
The memorial commemorates the more than 22,000 soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who died under British command during the D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Theresa May will join the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, along with veterans and local residents for the British Legion memorial service at Bayeux Cathedral.
A memorial service will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. This will be followed by a small procession to the Normandy campaign monument for a ceremony to be crowned and the coverage of events in France will be shown on a large screen.
Macron will join US President Donald Trump for a service at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.
A second service takes place at Bayeux Cemetery – the largest site of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from the Second World War in France – where wreaths will be laid. Prince Charles and Camilla will be present, as will veterans and serving members of the armed forces.
Royal British Legion veterans arrive from Bayeux in Arromanches to watch parachutes from the Red Devils of the Army as well as flypasts from the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
British veterans parade on the square in Arromanches for a series of informal events organized by the local authorities.
The official international ceremony on the occasion of the anniversary will take place on Juno Beach, with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in attendance alongside his Canadian and Belgian counterparts, Justin Trudeau and Charles Michel.
Events in Arromanches are concluded with a fireworks show.
Veterans will accompany school children and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for a performance of & # 39; D-Day 75: A Musical Documentary & # 39; on Southsea Common.
The ship of the British Legion brings 300 veterans back to Portsmouth after their six-day trip to Normandy.
D-Day veteran John Dennett, 94, is pictured waving from the deck of Mont St Michel, escorted by Royal Navy ships en route to Caen
Veteran Joe Cattini, 95, is depicted with a swing from the Brittany Ferry leaving Portsmouth this afternoon. He was part of the Yeomanry of Hertfordshire and landed on the beach on D-Day
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