Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has delivered a speech at the D-Day commemorations, describing her own wartime generation as resilient and paying tribute on behalf of “the whole free world” to those who died during the Normandy landings.
Here’s what the Queen said:
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings, some thought it might be the last such event. But the wartime generation — my generation — is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today.
Seventy-five years ago, hundreds of thousands of young soldiers, sailors and airmen left these shores in the cause of freedom. In a broadcast to the nation at that time, my Father, King George VI, said: “…what is demanded from us all is something more than courage and endurance; we need a revival of spirit, a new unconquerable resolve…” That is exactly what those brave men brought to the battle, as the fate of the world depended on their success.
Many of them would never return, and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten. It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country – indeed the whole free world – that I say to you all, thank you.
The monarch received a hearty applause when she finished speaking. A dramatic RAF flypast then took place, featuring Spitfire, Hurricane and Typhoon fighters, followed by the Red Arrows display team.
That brought the main part of the event to an end. The Queen, President Trump and the other world leaders have left the royal box.