Events marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day revealed

The 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy will be one of the biggest mobilisations of the UK Armed Forces in recent years.

More than 4,000 personnel will take part in the commemorations in both the UK and France, along with at least 11 Royal Navy vessels and multiple aircraft including the Red Arrows and the Spitfire.

The plans for the anniversary were first announced in April and include a number of events taking place in Portsmouth from 5 to 9 June.

Her Majesty The Queen will be joined by US President Donald Trump to watch the start of the commemorations on Southsea Common on 5 June. 

5 June in the UK

11:30am: A D-Day 75 National Commemorative Event will take place on Southsea Common. Veterans will join serving personnel for live music, performances and flypasts. Members of the public will be able to watch on big screens.

12:45pm: A Royal Navy frigate will fire a gun salute which will be followed by a flypast of 25 RAF aircraft, past and present, including the Red Arrows and a Spitfire.

4:00pm: The Red Arrows will perform a display over Southsea Common.

6:25pm: MV Boudicca will set sail from Portsmouth to Normandy with 300 veterans on board, retracing the journey personnel made in 1944. The ship will be escorted by HMS St Albans plus four other Navy vessels. A flotilla will also sail past in salute.

7:40pm: The RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly over Portsmouth to mark MV Boudicca's departure.

 5 June in France

2:00pm (3:00pm local time in France): Personnel from the Army's 16 Air Assault Brigade will drop from RAF Hercules aircraft and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s C-47 Dakota over Sannerville in Normandy. They will be joined by French Army paratroopers to recreate the airborne landings of 1944. 30 Dakota aircraft will drop veterans and reenactors into Normandy.

 6 June in the UK

10:30am: The National Memorial Arboretum will hold a remembrance service, with coverage of events in France shown on a big screen afterwards. Screens at Southsea Common and Portsmouth Guildhall Square will show events taking place in Bayeux, the first town liberated by the Allies.

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