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The Royals & Obama Attend D-Day Remembrance Celebration

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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.


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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.

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Source: http://parade.condenast.com/302428/roisinkelly/kate-middleton-prince-william-and-president-obama-commemorate-d-day-in-france/
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nineteensix196 9th-Jun-2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
That blue coat is cute though
beatlesluv 10th-Jun-2014 12:35 am (UTC)
Yea I love it :)
foxylov3r 9th-Jun-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
The queen had an amazing state visit to France it's a shame that more attention is on Kate and Will's 5 minutes there. I thought the ceremony was moving with all the world leaders, the constant panning to Obama and Putin (including split screen) was OTT tho.
snoozeen 10th-Jun-2014 01:18 am (UTC)
I really want to go visit the flower market they named after the queen when I'm back in Paris next month!

I love the queen so much. She's so precious and looked beautiful at the D-Day event in that bright green coat.
foxylov3r 10th-Jun-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
IA her outfits for the tour were stunning! I thought it was really moving that she and Phillip played a big role in the ceremony's in France since they both lived and breathed WWII.
cuzilubb 9th-Jun-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
Kate makes William look good. idk how she does it, but she does.
neverhft 10th-Jun-2014 12:00 am (UTC)
The Royals & Obama Attend D-Day Remembrance Celebration.......wait....celebration?

How bout we call that a ceremony instead?
likegunfire 10th-Jun-2014 12:07 am (UTC)
isn't it a celebration of victory tho?
acornthimble 10th-Jun-2014 12:12 am (UTC)
they were celebrating the veterans
hello_samm 10th-Jun-2014 12:15 am (UTC)
ia or get rid of the word remembrance
lauren7653 10th-Jun-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
I put them both so the grammar nazis could hash it out

ha
i made a joke there
anchellada 10th-Jun-2014 12:00 am (UTC)
that coat/hat combo

mmbien 10th-Jun-2014 12:02 am (UTC)
and those earrings
anchellada 10th-Jun-2014 12:12 am (UTC)
all of it really lol
rinygrin 10th-Jun-2014 12:03 am (UTC)
ahaha but in all seriousness, i think those tiny hats have come back in style?
lauren7653 10th-Jun-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
Poor Kate will always have to dress like a grandma.
beatlesluv 10th-Jun-2014 12:35 am (UTC)
The coat is good, but the hat is too much for me too lol
angel_dust_fury 10th-Jun-2014 12:50 am (UTC)
After the upskirt pics in Australia, she's going to be dressing like this for awhile.
HRHBlackEmpress 10th-Jun-2014 03:11 am (UTC)
lololol
brittnaymathews 10th-Jun-2014 12:00 am (UTC)
Will's baldspot is all I can see
hideyourhusband 10th-Jun-2014 12:33 am (UTC)
One he turned around 25, those Windsor genes really hit.
war_machine_rox 10th-Jun-2014 12:01 am (UTC)
those are lovely quotes on the stone
lauren7653 10th-Jun-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
I thought so too :)
piratesswoop 10th-Jun-2014 12:03 am (UTC)
i toured all over normandy last june with a friend while i was in france and it was amazing. i remember going to point du hoc and there were these massive bomb craters a few yards deep and when you went down to stand in one, it was like dead silence. so eerie.

Edited at 2014-06-10 12:04 am (UTC)
spanishsaharaa 10th-Jun-2014 12:06 am (UTC)
I appreciated that CBC showed the whole day/ceremony. Especially since the tragedy in Moncton was going on at the time. It was depressing but also uplifting.
swissbeauty23 10th-Jun-2014 12:06 am (UTC)
not feeling her outfit
janetdkd 10th-Jun-2014 12:06 am (UTC)
I am obsessively reading about WW2 for past 2 days and it's just mind blown
Like wtf people look at your life and your choices
phantom_kiwi 10th-Jun-2014 12:15 am (UTC)
I think both WW's are really interesting and how they both started but yeah there were so many times when I was first taught about them where I just wondered how different things could have been. What do you think of America not blowing up the train tracks that led to the concentration camps? On one hand it could have saved lives but on the other lives would have been lost. I just want an opinion because my class never had any debates on it
You should read up on the first WW and how the Treaty of Versailles led up to Hitler's rise to power
Sorry for the really long reply
janetdkd 10th-Jun-2014 12:55 am (UTC)
What do you think of America not blowing up the train tracks that led to the concentration camps?

I haven't thought about it. Obviously Germany/Hitler were absolutely terrible, it truly blows my mind, but every side of war was fucked up, there are no winners there.
It amazes me that this was like 60 years ago, like how can humans fuck up so much.
I was reading about baby factory in germany today and it's just sick
And to think basically my country started WWI or was excuse for starting is mindblown

Edited at 2014-06-10 12:55 am (UTC)
lauren7653 10th-Jun-2014 12:35 am (UTC)
I always read about Nazi's and concentration camps.
As of recently I have been reading about North Korea.
People are FUKED UP.
jjuunniiee 10th-Jun-2014 02:11 am (UTC)
At risk of sounding rude, and I don't mean to be honest, but what parts did you find interesting enough to grab you in and make you want to keep reading?

I'm always looking for things to get interested in, but when I think of WWI and WWII I can't help but just inherently be bored because school made it absolutely miserable.
meerkat_mayhem 10th-Jun-2014 12:06 am (UTC)
Why was Omaha Beach overlooked?
ghost_busting 10th-Jun-2014 12:09 am (UTC)
Omaha Beach is in Normandy..

Edited at 2014-06-10 12:10 am (UTC)
meerkat_mayhem 10th-Jun-2014 12:18 am (UTC)
Yes,,,,it was one of the coasts named by the Allied Invasion along with Sword, Gold, Utah and Juno under operation Overlord.
polaroidmoment 10th-Jun-2014 12:10 am (UTC)
I don't think it was. At least this article doesn't say they focused on one sector more than others.
watchsnowfall 10th-Jun-2014 12:15 am (UTC)
heaven forbid after years of remembrance ceremonies any beach other than the ones the americans landed on are acknowledged
polaroidmoment 10th-Jun-2014 12:08 am (UTC)
My bro studied the path my Grandpa took from enlistment to the final days of the war for his thesis and he just posted some really cool photos for the anniversary. I'm so glad he got all this info before my Grandpa died, at least now we can pass that on to other generations of our family.
noxonesxlooking 10th-Jun-2014 12:41 am (UTC)
Thats amazing. I wish i couldve done that with my grandpa. Their stories should never be forgotten.
cherie_b 10th-Jun-2014 01:28 am (UTC)
I always tried to do that with my Grandpa. He was one of those soldiers on the beaches of Normandy. He would watch shows on WWII and tell a little story here and there, but getting him to really talk about it was like pulling teeth. Not only was he not the chatty type, but he was simply under the opinion that he was just there doing his job. Don't call me a hero, he'd say. I'm glad I learned what I could, and am glad his pictures have been preserved.
oxbowlake 10th-Jun-2014 03:27 am (UTC)
That's so neat. I wish I knew more about what my grandpa went through in the war. I know he fought in N. Africa and Italy and was badly wounded. He was awarded a Purple Heart but my dad said that grandpa didn't really talk much about what had happened.
bloopbloop01 10th-Jun-2014 12:11 am (UTC)
her hat looked really interesting for a minute
regardez 10th-Jun-2014 12:13 am (UTC)
needs more baby george
pacificway 10th-Jun-2014 02:50 am (UTC)
Everything is better with baby George.
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