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As it happened: Queen joins world leaders, WWII veterans for 75th D-Day anniversary

Mandel Ngan, AFP | Queen Elizabeth II stands beside word leaders at commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth on June 5, 2019

World leaders and WWII veterans gathered at memorial landmarks across Normandy on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings that paved the way for the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi rule.

  • World leaders and war veterans marked 75 years since the brazen landings that paved the way for the liberation of western Europe from Nazi rule
  • Queen Elizabeth II praised the heroism of those who took part and President Macron thanked them on behalf of France
  • President Trump, on the last day of a state visit to the UK, read excerpts from the prayer President Roosevelt delivered by radio on D-Day
  • Britain’s May and 15 world leaders released a joint statement pledging never to repeat the “unimaginable horror” of the war
  • The focus shifts to France on Thursday, where memorial ceremonies will be held at D-Day landmarks across Normandy
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