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D-Day anniversary events in northern France

Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron have joined D-Day veterans in northern France to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion.

Mrs May and the French president attended an inauguration ceremony for a memorial to honour the British troops who died in the Battle of Normandy. US President Donald Trump is also joining Mr Macron at the US war cemetery at Omaha Beach.

Here are pictures of events on Thursday.

A lone piper plays on the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches in Normandy Image copyright PA
Image caption A lone piper started the day’s commemoration events by playing on the Mulberry harbour, at Arromanches, in Normandy, marking the exact moment the first British soldier landed on Gold Beach, 75 years ago
Mrs May delivers a speech Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Mrs May attended a ceremony in Ver-sur-Mer, the town where British forces landed on the morning of 6 June 1944, to lay the first stone at the British Normandy Memorial
Mr Macron gives a speech Image copyright EPA
Image caption Mr Macron thanked British soldiers killed and injured in the fighting, and called it an “anomaly” and “intolerable” that there had been no memorial in Normandy until now
D-Day veterans at the British Normandy Memorial site Image copyright PA
Image caption The commemoration event at the British Normandy Memorial site was attended by D-Day veterans
Mrs May and Mr Macron then lay a wreath together Image copyright PA
Image caption Mrs May and Mr Macron then laid a wreath together at the memorial
Mrs May and Mr Macron lay a wreath together Image copyright PA
Image caption The new memorial statue shows three British soldiers fighting their way up the beach
People dressed as soldiers on a beach Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Residents and visitors were seen on the beach of Arromanches in Normandy, paying tribute to the fallen and injured soldiers of D-Day
Period vehicles on the beach of Arromanches Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Period vehicles from the 1940s were also seen on the beach
People dressed as soldiers Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Some people dressed as soldiers as part of the commemorations of the Allied landings in Normandy
Mr Macron with French veterans Jacques Lewis and Leon Gautier Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Mr Macron (centre) met with French World War Two veterans Jacques Lewis (left) and Leon Gautier (right) in Bayeux, Normandy
Veteran Tony Cash at Bayeux Cathedral Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption At Bayeux Cathedral, veteran Tony Cash arrived with friends ahead of a service of remembrance
Veteran Tony Cash Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Mr Cash, above, was one of a number of D-Day veterans and their families at the service
The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Theresa May and others in Bayeux cathedral Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Dignitaries attending included Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
D-Day memorial service in Bayeux cathedral Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger led the service, which included a two minute silence held in memory of those who died
Commemorations service at the war cemetery in Bayeux Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption After the service, the commemorations continued at Bayeux war cemetery
Veteran Reginald Perkins Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Reginald Perkins was one of the veterans at the service
A flypast of period aircraft Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption There was a flypast of period aircraft over Bayeux war cemetery during the memorial
D-Day veteran John Quinn holds hands with George Sayer Image copyright PA
Image caption In Bayeux, D-Day veteran John Quinn met George Sayer, aged 6
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption In Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump joined veterans for a French-US ceremony
Mr Trump gives a speech Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Mr Trump gave a speech, saying the “exceptional might” of US forces on D-Day “came from a truly exceptional spirit”
President Trump First Lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron watch a flypast in the Normandy American Cemetery Image copyright Reuters
Image caption President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron watched a dramatic flypast over the Normandy American Cemetery
Prince William at a service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire Image copyright EPA
Image caption In the UK, Prince William attended a service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, giving a speech in which he thanked veterans
The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath in remembrance
Prince Harry at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption At Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, Prince Harry met veterans at the annual Founder’s Day parade
Prince Harry at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The annual parade marks the founding of the Royal Hospital by King Charles II in 1682. The Duke of Sussex said: “To all who are on parade today, I can only say that you are a constant reminder of the great debt we owe those who have served this nation”

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Source: bbc.co.uk

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