Today marks the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
An anticipated 650 veterans of the landings will take part in events on both sides of the Channel, and they will also be remembering the estimated 2,500 service personnel – their friends and colleagues – who lost their lives on the day of the invasion.
The British Royal family have taken part in events in Portsmouth and in Normandy and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will begin a three-day state visit in Paris today as a mark of respect for lives lost.
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Image: D-Day Memorial, Lepe. Overlooking the waters of the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Much of the D-Day armarda sailed through this channel on the night of 5/6 June 1944. © Colin Smith