June 6th marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when the allied forces of the US and Britain landed on the beaches of Normandy. This past Friday, members of the British royal family were joined in France by various world leaders at ceremonies to commemorate the occasion.
While President Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Charles attended a ceremony at Sword Beach, Prince William and Kate Middleton were nearby in Arromanches Les Bains, where they watched 100 veterans march past the D-Day museum.
In a speech, Prince William said, “It is vital that the sacrifice, and the reasons for that sacrifice, are never forgotten by our generation and generations to come.
“As nations—British, French and others—there can be no stronger tie than recollection of what the people of Normandy and thousands of young Allied soldiers, sailors, and airmen endured together 70 years ago this day.”
Veterans saluted the rising sun in a dawn ceremony that day.
Kate and William later had tea with the veterans, one of whom gave the Duchess a peck on the cheek.
“As the prince left he said to me, ‘Were you chatting up my wife?’” said Arthur Jones, 88.
He added, “I’m chuffed I’ve chatted up a princess [...] It was a lovely kiss—she is very sweet and lovely.”
Kate wore a powder-blue Alexander McQueen coat, which she last wore at a First World War commemoration during her tour of New Zealand in April.
French president Francois Hollande and Russian president Vladimir Putin were also in Normandy for the anniversary celebrations.