D-Day 70th anniversary: Timetable of memorial events

Aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight pass over the D-Day museum in Arromanches, Normandy Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

Below is a rundown of the major events planned in Britain and France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

5 June


10am: Veterans and serving personnel visit Pegasus Bridge, Normandy to commemorate the landings on the night of 5/6 June.

Wreaths will be laid at the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Memorial and at a statue of Brigadier James Hill, Commander of 3rd Parachute Brigade, followed by a short service at the memorial.

1pm: The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall join senior defence staff at a veteran's lunch at Ranville Salle de Fete.

1pm: A service at the Royal Artillery Memorial in La Brèche (Sword Beach)

3.45pm: Charles and Camilla join more than 300 soldiers, including personnel from the UK, United States, Canada and France, as personnel past and present conduct a commemorative parachute descent on the outskirts of Ranville.

This will include 89-year-old D-Day veteran Jock Hutton performing a tandem drop, followed by a flypast by two Spitfires and a Lancaster aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The main parachute drop will then take place, led by 12 UK troops jumping from a Dakota aircraft.

5.45pm: A reception for veterans at the Salle de Fete, Breville Les Monts attended by the Prince of Wales and other guests.


11am: HRH The Princess Royal attends a drumhead service on Southsea Common, Portsmouth with past and current members of the Armed Forces.

12pm: An amphibious display by the Royal Marines, and members of the Royal Netherlands Marines Corps.

2pm: A display by the Red Arrows over the Solent.

The day's celebrations will conclude with a flotilla of Royal Navy and allied nation ships sailing from Portsmouth to the coast of Normandy.

6 June


9.15am: A memorial service organised by the Royal British Legion at Bayeux Cathedral, attended by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, along with senior political figures around the world.

3pm: An international commemorative event at Sword Beach, due to be attended by world leaders including David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande, among others.

2,000 Allied veterans and their families will be in the audience.

5pm: A two-hour event at Arromanches-les-Bains, organised by the Surrey Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association. This will include a short veterans' parade and the laying of wreaths near the town's D-Day museum.