Cornish D-Day veteran Harry Billinge appointed MBE by Queen

A D-Day veteran from Cornwall has been appointed an MBE by the Queen.

Harold ‘Harry’ Billinge, from St Austell, was presented with the honour during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today (March 3).

The 94-year-old said he accepted the award in memory of those “who never came back”.

Mr Billinge was just 18-years-old when he landed on Gold Beach on June 6, 1944.

Watch: The moment Mr Billinge was awarded his MBE by the Queen

The veteran, who also holds France's highest award, the Legion d'Honneur, is well-known for his charity work in Cornwall - [where he has collected for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal for more than 60 years.](http://Much-loved Cornish veteran helps raise thousands to remember fallen D-Day comrades)

Mr Billinge speaking with the Queen. Credit: ITV News West Country