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Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall continue their D-Day engagements with a stop in Ranville

Continuing their busy day of engagements, Charles and his wife then made their way to Ranville, where as Colonel-in-Chief, The Parachute Regiment, the Prince and his wife attended a lunch with veterans at Ranville.

The Battle of Ranville formed part of Operation Tonga, the codename given to the airborne operation undertaken by the British 6th Airborne Division between 5th June and 7th June 1944 as a part of Operation Overlord and the Normandy landings.

After meeting with veterans Charles and Camilla embarked on separate engagements whilst in Ranville.
Charles on behalf of The Parachute Regiment, unveiled a bust of Major Jack Watson M.C. to the people of Ranville. After the unveiling, he met with members of Major Jack Watson’s family.

Major Watson was dropped into Normandy on D-Day, originally deployed at Pegasus Bridge and then at the liberation of Ranville.

After the war Major Watson guided the annual Airborne Normandy Pilgrimage, which comprised visits to the Ardennes and the Rhine crossing locations. President of the Airborne Assault Normandy Trust, he played a key role in organising ceremonies marking the 65th commemoration of the Normandy landings.

The Duchess of Cornwall, Colonel-in-Chief, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, met veterans and serving members of the Regiment and toured the Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer. Camilla, accompanied by The Canadian Prime Minister’s wife, Mrs Lauren Harper, toured the area and met two veterans of the Juno beach landings, Mr Jack Hadley and Mr Stanley Fields.

Both veterans discussed with The Duchess their participation in landings. Mr Hadley has met The Duchess before during the 2011 visit to meet The Queen’s Own Rifles in Toronto.

Featured photo credit: Iguanasan via photopin cc

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