Prince William and Harry pay tribute to hero D-Day veterans at 75th anniversary commemorations in Britain

PRINCE William and brother Prince Harry have today paid tribute to the hero D-Day veterans at the 75th anniversary commemorations in Britain.

In a touching moment, the Duke of Cambridge delivered the same D-Day address his great-grandfather King George VI made in 1944.

The Duke of Cambridge attended the commemorative service in Staffordshire today
The Duke of Cambridge attended the commemorative service in Staffordshire today
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Prince Harry attended the annual Gounder's Day Parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Prince Harry attended the annual Gounder’s Day Parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea
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Speaking at the commemoration service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, the 36-year-old said: “Four years ago our nation and empire stood alone against an overwhelming enemy, with our backs to the wall.

“Now once more a supreme test has to be faced.

“This time the challenge is not to fight to survive but to fight to win the final victory for the good cause.

“At this historic moment surely not one of us is too busy, too young, or too old to play a part in a nationwide, perchance a world-wide vigil of prayer as the great crusade sets forth.”

Meanwhile, Prince Harry headed to the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London to review the Chelsea pensioners at the annual Founder’s Day Parade.

The parade commemorates King Charles II’s founding of the institution in 1681.

Founder’s Day is also known as Oak Apple Day referring to the oak tree that Charles hid in to avoid being captured by Parliamentary forces after the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Harry, a former Army officer, arrived wearing his Blues and Royals frock coat and like all the pensioners and guests wore a sprig of oak leaves in honour of Charles.

The events come as Prime Minister Theresa May joined French President Emmanuel Macron in solemn commemorations in Normandy.

May paid tribute to the “ultimate sacrifice” made by the soldiers who stormed the beaches 75 years ago.

The last surviving heroes from the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944 proudly stood as a memorial to their fallen British comrades was unveiled, forever immortalising their names into history.

The Duke of Cambridge arrived at the National Memorial Arboretum for the commemorations
The Duke of Cambridge arrived at the National Memorial Arboretum for the commemorations
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The 36-year-old delivered the same speech his great-grandfather made
The 36-year-old delivered the same speech his great-grandfather made
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Prince Harry stands to attention during the service
Prince Harry stands to attention during the service
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