King and Queen to be joined by Prince William for D-Day anniversary events in France


Prince William will join the King and Queen as they travel to Normandy to attend ceremonies to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Buckingham Palace has said.

The monarch and his wife will join the Ministry of Defence and Royal British Legion’s commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer on 6 June.

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales will attend the Canadian ceremony at the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer.

The ceremony, hosted by the Canadian government, will also be attended by Second World War veterans and Canadian armed forces personnel.

William will then attend the international commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach, Saint Laurent sur Mer, alongside 25 heads of state and veterans from around the world.

The King is travelling to France after he returned to public duties following his cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

The Princess of Wales, who is also being treated for cancer, is not expected to attend the D-Day events.

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Before the royals set off for France, they will attend the UK’s national commemorative event in Portsmouth on 5 June.

Other members of the Royal Family will attend events marking the anniversary over the two dates.

The announcement follows a number of official appearances the King has made since his return to public duties.

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King passes senior military role to William

This week he visited Middle Wallop airbase in Hampshire to hand over a role with the Army Air Corps to the Prince of Wales.

He also hosted his first investiture ceremony since returning to official duties and unveiled his first portrait as King.

The monarch also attended a service honouring the Order of the British Empire at St Paul’s Cathedral and hosted a Buckingham Palace garden party for 4,000 people from the creative industries.

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The garden party took place while Prince Harry was in the UK to attend events related to the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

However, father and son did not meet after a spokesperson for the duke said the King was too busy.

The King speaks to garden party guests at Buckingham Palace. Pic: PA

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Princess of Wales ‘doing well’

The upcoming D-Day anniversary events will take place months after the Princess of Wales appealed for her family to have time, space and privacy following her cancer diagnosis.

She announced in March that she had begun chemotherapy.

Prince William gave a positive update about Kate’s treatment as he toured a hospital on the Isles of Scilly last Friday, saying “she’s doing well”.

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