Both Queen and President reached out and shook the hands of heroes as wartime allies came together and reached back into seventy years of history.
Sharing in that history, Prince William and Kate, helping to turn a day the veterans had been looking forward to, into one they and their families will never forget
British veterans were cheered and thanked as they paraded through the streets of Bayeux today.
Otley veteran, Harold Robinson had a 24th birthday with a difference, as he swapped cards for rifle rounds as part of the D-Day landings.
D-Day veteran Brian Carter from Cambridgeshire has a unique record of the Allied invasion with a compelling series of his own photographs.