The British Royal Family scheduled dozens of events in France for the events. Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, along with Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, began their visit in France yesterday. Today, William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Arromanches to carry out two public engagements.
Earlier in the day, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, and Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall attended numerous commemorative events, including a service at Sword Beach attended by all the major Heads of State and World Leaders. It was an incredibly moving morning of remembrance and reflection.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Arromanches, a small town 20 miles west of Sword Beach, shortly after 5PM local time. Arromanches became an extremely important area during the Normandy invasions, acting as a temporary, artificial harbor used to unload heavy equipment. The Duke and Duchess visited the area to meet with veterans, celebrate their amazing triumph, and pay respect to the fallen soldiers.
Kate chats to some Brummie veterans at Arromanches tea party."You've got lots of stories to tell"They look delighted pic.twitter.com/9GmHnxcPAg- Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) June 6, 2014
The first event of the day was, most charmingly, a tea party. The tea party was held in honor of the veterans who attended, giving the Duke and Duchess a chance to thank them for their services on an official level. William and Catherine were greeted upon arrival by children bearing posies and smiles before enjoying tea al fresco.
The Duchess of Cambridge was seated next to a former British soldier and they had a great chance to chat. He had many stories to tell, and both Catherine and the veteran looked delighted to be there. William knelt on his knees to speak with the soldiers and hear their stories. We can only imagine how moving and special those conversations must have been for the Duke and the veterans.
While the focus of the day is on the veterans, we know many readers are interested in Kate's attire. Catherine wore a bespoke French blue coat by Alexander McQueen, seen previously in New Zealand on the Royal Tour, with a Locke & Co hat. The entire outfit has been seen before, ensuring that the focus of the day remained where it belongs – on our veterans.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many men and women who have served our countries and our world in the pursuit of peace. Your sacrifice through the course of history has not gone unnoticed, and will never be forgotten. Thank you.