D-day 75th anniversary: ceremonies in Normandy – live news | World news

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D-day 75th anniversary: ceremonies in Normandy – live news | World news
D-day 75th anniversary: ceremonies in Normandy – live news | World news


Welcome to live coverage of ceremonies to mark the 75th anniversary of D-day.

Attention switches from Portsmouth to Normandy as veterans of Operation Overlord gather on the northern French coast as they 75 years ago today.

They will be accompanied by world leaders including Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, and Theresa May on her penultimate day as leader of the Conservative party.

The ceremonies began at 7.26am local time when a lone piper marked the minute the invasion began 75 years ago at Arromanches overlooking Gold beach.




A lone piper plays on the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches in Normandy

A lone piper plays on the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches in Normandy Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Pipe Major Trevor Macey-Lillie, of 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish Gunners) performed Highland Laddie as crowds gathered on the beach below him and lined the promenade, applauding his performance.

Here’s a timetable for the rest of the day (all times BST):

8am: May and Macron will attend the inauguration of a memorial to British servicemen at Ver-sur-Mer, overlooking Gold Beach.

8.15am: a UK remembrance service begins at Bayeux Cathedral.

10am: The main event of the day will see Trump and Macron give speeches at the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer where over 9,000 graves overlook Omaha beach. The French president will also bestow the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour, on five American veterans.

11am: Prince Charles will attend a service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at Bayeux. Later there will be a march of some of D-day veterans. While others will reenact more parachute jumps onto Normandy soil.

12.30pm: Trump and Macron will hold bilateral talks and lunch at Caen.

3pm: The start of the French ceremony at Colleville-Montgomery.

5.30pm: Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau will attend a ceremony at Juno beach, where Canadian forces were in charge of the assault.

Our correspondents Daniel Boffey, Angelique Chrisafis and Caroline Davies will be providing updates from various ceremonies throughout the day.



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