Duke and Duchess of Gloucester lead well-known faces together with Katherine Jenkins assembly veterans earlier than eightieth anniversary D-Day occasion on the Royal Albert Corridor

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are only a few of the well-known faces pictured assembly veterans earlier than the Royal Albert Corridor D-Day occasion tonight.

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and Danish-born Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, smiled warmly as they shook palms with veterans forward this night.  

Additionally seen in attendance was Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins OBE, who will carry out later tonight.

The eightieth anniversary occasion – Remembering the Normandy Landings – will likely be introduced by Davina McCall.

The night of music-led storytelling displays on the start of the top of the Second World Battle.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester greet Katherine Jenkins and Katie Ashby

The Duchess of Gloucester meets 104-year-old D-Day veteran Percy Chafer

The Duchess of Gloucester meets 104-year-old D-Day veteran Percy Chafer

Veterans meet the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester ahead of tonight's event

Veterans meet the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester forward of tonight’s occasion

The Duchess of Gloucester greets five-year-old Isabella Traboulsi

The Duchess of Gloucester greets five-year-old Isabella Traboulsi

Katherine Jenkins and other performers meet the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

Katherine Jenkins and different performers meet the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

The occasion will hear shifting performances from Emeli Sandé, Lulu and the lead vocalist of The D-Day Darlings, Katie Ashby.

It’s going to additionally function untold private tales by letters and diary entries learn by well-known faces from stage and display screen.

The Duchess spoke with 104-year-old D-Day veteran Percy Chafer, who’s regarded as the second oldest veteran within the UK to have seen lively service on D-Day.

The previous gunner landed on Sword Seashore with the seventh Armoured Division of the British Military.

Mr Chafer, from Pimlico, informed the BBC: ‘It was essentially the most superb sight, all these boats’.

However he added: ‘What might we anticipate? The worst, I suppose, actually,’ and stated even those that weren’t spiritual prayed.

D-Day veterans had been left in tears because the reminiscences of many years previous got here flooding again whereas they had been honoured for his or her service by world leaders and royals earlier right now.

Troopers who took half within the Normandy landings 80 years in the past wept as they remembered their fallen comrades and got standing ovations by the grateful youthful generations at a sequence of touching commemorative occasions in northern France.

Lulu performs at 'D-Day 80 - Remembering the Normandy Landings' at the Royal Albert Hall

Lulu performs at ‘D-Day 80 – Remembering the Normandy Landings’ on the Royal Albert Corridor

Pictured are veterans at the Royal Albert Hall event tonight, 80 years on

Pictured are veterans on the Royal Albert Corridor occasion tonight, 80 years on

The Duchess of Gloucester is presented with flowers from five-year-old Isabella Traboulsi

The Duchess of Gloucester is introduced with flowers from five-year-old Isabella Traboulsi

Emeli Sande performs at 'D-Day 80 - Remembering the Normandy Landings' tonight

Emeli Sande performs at ‘D-Day 80 – Remembering the Normandy Landings’ tonight

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester with D-Day veterans in the Royal Retiring Room

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester with D-Day veterans within the Royal Retiring Room

Also seen in attendance was Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins OBE, who will perform later

Additionally seen in attendance was Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins OBE, who will carry out later

Katherine Jenkins and D Day Darlings singer Katie Ashby at the Royal Albert Hall event

Katherine Jenkins and D Day Darlings singer Katie Ashby on the Royal Albert Corridor occasion

On the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, tribute was paid to the ‘exceptional wartime era’, earlier than wreaths of poppies had been laid in reminiscence of the greater than 25,000 troopers who misplaced their lives within the first phases of the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

The variety of veterans in attendance was just a few dozen, because the numbers of survivors dwindles with annually that passes – on the seventy fifth anniversary 5 years in the past 255 travelled to France, in comparison with the 50 who’ve made the journey this time round.

King Charles and Queen Camilla led these current, which additionally included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron, in a poignant silent prayer to recollect these not with us, whereas reminiscences of those that had been on the seashores 80 years in the past had been additionally learn out.

There have been additionally moments of levity, with Queen Camilla being given a white rose by one veteran in a touching mark of respect, with Her Majesty seen clutching the tender reward as she spoke with the previous troopers.

Queen Camilla is given a white rose by a D-Day veteran as she speaks with them this morning

Queen Camilla is given a white rose by a D-Day veteran as she speaks with them this morning

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wheels D-Day veteran Bernard Morgan, 100, from Crewe

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wheels D-Day veteran Bernard Morgan, 100, from Crewe

At the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, tribute was paid to the 'remarkable wartime generation', before wreaths of poppies were laid in memory of the more than 25,000 soldiers who lost their lives in the first stages of the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe

On the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, tribute was paid to the ‘exceptional wartime era’, earlier than wreaths of poppies had been laid in reminiscence of the greater than 25,000 troopers who misplaced their lives within the first phases of the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe

There were tears among the crowd, including from veterans, during the emotional service at Ver-sur-Mer in northern France this morning

There have been tears among the many crowd, together with from veterans, in the course of the emotional service at Ver-sur-Mer in northern France this morning

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and first woman Olena Zelenska have additionally arrived in Normandy with a message drawing on the shared values of the Allies and Ukrainians combating in opposition to Russia’s invasion.

Elsewhere Prince William was pictured attending at Juno Seashore, the place lots of of Canadian troops misplaced their lives, together with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forward of a world gathering later within the day which is about to incorporate US president Joe Biden.

At Ver-sur-Mer, Charles led 2,000 dignitaries, navy personnel and veterans in paying tribute to those that stormed the seashores.

Charles, together with President Macron, Mr Sunak and navy leaders laid wreathes of poppies on the memorial as Elgar’s Nimrod was carried out by a brass band within the background, with the nationwide anthems of France and the UK additionally being performed because the Crimson Arrows roared overhead.

They had been additionally introduced with white roses by French schoolchildren whereas cadets waved flags, and acquired a number of standing ovations in the course of the two-hour-long service, earlier than shaking palms and exchanging phrases with His Majesty.

The monarch seemed emotional as he listened to singer Johnny Flynn carry out ‘Music with no Identify’ in tribute to the fallen, whereas Camilla was seen wiping her eyes as actor Martin Freeman learn a touching diary entry from one survivor who remarked ‘it is due to the lads [who died] that I am right here right now’.

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