Prince William stood in for King Charles on Thursday as two days of commemorations marking the eightieth anniversary of D-Day got here to an in depth.

In probably the most vital moments because the Prince of Wales, William stepped in for his father to hitch world leaders together with President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Normandy for the finale of the eightieth anniversary of the historic D-Day landings.

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First Woman Jill Biden, US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, French First Woman Brigitte Macron, William The Prince of Wales, Australia’s Governor-Normal David Hurley together with his spouse, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, Queen Maxima of The Netherlands and Italian President Sergio Mattarella attend the D-Day commemoration at Omaha seaside on June 6, 2024 in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France.

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Throughout the go to, Prince William additionally met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose nation is at battle with Russia. William, who has met Zelensky a number of instances, greeted him with a heat handshake.

King Charles requested William to be on the ceremony on Omaha Seaside, which included King Frederik X of Denmark and different world leaders, as palace aides had been instructed to cut back the king’s schedule on the recommendation of his medical workforce to stop exhaustion.

Charles, who’s present process most cancers remedy, attended a service on the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer earlier within the day the place he paid tribute to the “outstanding wartime technology.”

He was decided to attend the commemorative occasions in Portsmouth and Normandy. He has attended a very powerful elements of the two-day-long event, delivering shifting speeches and assembly veterans.

Nevertheless, on Thursday afternoon it fell to Prince William to face in for his father — one thing he had executed final December when he attended the funeral of the Emir of Kuwait.

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French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Prince William on their return method after laying a wreath at Juno Seaside in the course of the Canadian Signature Ceremony in Courseulles-sur-Mer, commemorating the eightieth anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, on June 6, 2024, in Juno Seaside, Courseulles sur Mer, Normandy, France.

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On Thursday, William confirmed off his management and diplomatic expertise and praised the bravery of the veterans who fought on D-Day. In a speech delivered to over 25 leaders and diplomats, the 41-year-old spoke in English and French to commend the motion of Canadian troops who stormed the seafront on D-Day. He additionally laid a wreath and honored 14,000 Canadians who stormed Juno Seaside 80 years in the past on Thursday and delighted locals when he made a shock go to to the D-Day Museum in Arromanches, the place he spoke with veterans and acquired a heat welcome from well-wishers.