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'Awe, pride, and gratitude', 70 years on from D-Day

It's a huge honour to be here today in such extraordinary company on such a magnificent ship.

Seventy years on we look back on that day with awe, with pride, and with gratitude.

First the sheer awe at the scale of Operation Overlord, the most daring military operation the world has known.

It was, and remains, a simply awe-inspiring feat of planning and human endeavour.

– David Cameron

Prime Minister's tribute to D-Day veterans on HMS Belfast

David Cameron told Britain's D-Day veterans the country would "always be proud" of them.

David Cameron and Boris Johnson with D-Day veterans on warship HMS Belfast Credit: PA Wire

The Prime Minister joined D-Day veterans on warship HMS Belfast for a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. The ship, which is moored on the River Thames, led 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations with a formal ceremony for veterans who served on it during the assault.

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HMS Belfast to host D-Day ceremony

The warship, which is now a floating museum in London Bridge, was one of the first to open fire on the the 6th of June 1944. Credit: ITN

HMS Belfast will play its part in commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day today by hosting a formal ceremony for veterans.

There will also be a fly-past over the River Thames.

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Coldest Journey ship arrives at London Bridge

British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes stands in front of a projection that shows the route of the Coldest Journey on Earth. Credit: PA

The Coldest Journey's ice-strengthened expedition ship, the SA Agulhas, is arriving this afternoon at approximately 3pm to moor alongside the HMS Belfast at London Bridge. She is big, red and has Seeing is Believing written along each side.

The Coldest Journey expedition, led by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, aims to complete the first ever transantarctic crossing during the polar winter, whilst raising money for Seeing is Believing, a charity tackling blindness.

The ship will be moored at London Bridge until 6 December, when she departs destined for South Africa where she will be met by Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Special venue for veterans' lunch

Veterans from the D-Day landings are being hosted at a lunch on board HMS Belfast today.

The ship has only recently been re-opened to the public after the gangway collapsed into the River Thames in November 2011.

HMS Belfast re-opened to the public last month. Credit: London Tonight.
Chains on the deck of the ship. Credit: London Tonight.
A close-up of the ship's arsenal. Credit: London Tonight.
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