The Queen will lead a host of world leaders to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at a special event on the south coast of England later today.
In a message to mark the occasion, she has praised the “immense bravery, ingenuity and determination” of troops who set sail to defeat Nazi forces.
The Queen added: “At this time of reflection for veterans of the conflict and their families, I am sure that these commemorations will provide an opportunity to honour those who made extraordinary sacrifices to secure freedom in Europe. They must never be forgotten.”
She will be joined by the leaders of 15 nations, including Theresa May, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, and Justin Trudeau. Senior members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales, will also be in attendance.
They will be joined by D-Day veterans and serving personnel to marking the turning point in the history of Europe thousands of soldiers set sail to invade occupied France.
Theresa May will host 15 world leaders to honour the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history.
Figures from every country that fought alongside the UK will be attending.
Those countries have agreed a joint statement to mark the event, pledging to ensure the “unimaginable horror” of the Second World War is not repeated.
Called “the D-Day proclamation”, the 16 signatories – including the UK and the United States – commit to working together to “resolve international tensions peacefully”.