On 5th and 6th June, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit Normandy to attend a series of commemoration events to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
The Royal couple will meet veterans of the Second World War from the Glider Pilot Regiment, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, The Parachute Regiment and the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, among others.
Prince Charles and the Duchess will attend several engagements together on Thursday 5th June. In relation to Charles’s role as Colonel in Chief of the Army Air Corps, they will both meet veterans of the Glider Pilot Regiment and will visit the 70th Power Boat Squadron, where the Royal couple will witness a display of power boats that were involved in the Normandy Landings. They will also attend a lunch with veterans of the Parachute Regiment.
On the same day, Prince Charles will undertake some solo engagements, including presenting a bust of Major Jack Watson MC to the Commune of Ranville on behalf of the Parachute Regiment. As the Colonel in Chief of the Parachute Regiment, The Prince of Wales will attend a commemorative parachute drop by representatives of British, American, French and Canadian Armed Forces. The Prince will also attend a memorial service to commemorate the actions of Airborne Forces at Le Mesnil Bavent. That evening, Charles will attend a reception on behalf of the Parachute Regiment.
The Duchess of Cornwall will undertake one solo engagement on this day. As Colonel in Chief of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, she will meet veterans and serving members of the regiment. Afterwards, she will tour the Juno Beach Centre.
On Friday 6th June, Charles and Camilla will undertake all of their engagements together. They will attend a Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral, followed by a service of Remembrance at Bayeux War Graves Cemetery.
Following this, the Royal couple will attend the Ceremony of Remembrance at Colleville-Montgomery-Plage to commemorate the allied Normandy Landings. The final engagement of the day will be attendance at the Ceremony of Remembrance at the Juno Beach Centre to commemorate Canada’s role in the Normandy Landings.
The Prince of Wales attended the 60th anniversary commemorations of D-Day in 2004. His engagements at that time included laying a wreath at the Memorial to the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and taking salute from veterans of the 3rd Parachute Brigade.
Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also be travelling to Normandy to commemorate the anniversary in June.