D-Day 75: Queen pays tribute to D-Day troops ahead of 75th anniversary

All those who took part in the D-Day landings to liberate Europe ‘must never be forgotten,’ the Queen has said in the official programme to mark the campaign's 75th anniversary.

Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 5:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 8:11 pm
US President Donald Trump listens as Queen Elizabeth II makes a speech during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of President Trump's three day state visit to the UK. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Queen will be joined by US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, heads of state from Second World War allies and veterans and their families at a national commemorative event in Southsea Common. 

It will tell the story of D-Day through musical performance, testimonial readings and military displays, including a fly-past of 25 modern and historical aircraft.

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US President Donald Trump listens as Queen Elizabeth II makes a speech during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of President Trump's three day state visit to the UK. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

In the official programme the Queen writes: ‘On 6th June 1944, the largest amphibious assault in history was launched, leading to the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Europe.

‘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.’

Among the guests will be the Prince of Wales, who with the president and his wife - both on a state visit to the UK, will meet leaders of the other allied nations before taking part in a formal photograph.

Prime Minister Theresa May said in her foreword for the programme: ‘We will never forget all that they gave - or the sacrifices of the fallen.

‘The solidarity and determination so clearly in evidence on D-Day continues to be a lesson to us all to stand together and uphold the values that we share.’