Prince William and Prince Harry paid tribute to D-Day veterans as they attended events on the 75th anniversary Thursday.
William made an appearance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, where he laid a wreath and delivered the same speech his great-grandfather, King George VI, delivered in 1944.
The Duke of Cambridge told veterans, “Four years ago our nation and empire stood alone against an overwhelming enemy with our backs to the wall. Now once more a supreme test has to be faced. This time the challenge is not to fight to survive, but to fight to win the final victory for the good cause.”
Prince Harry, meanwhile, visited veterans and Chelsea pensioners at the annual Founders Day Parade at Royal Hospital Chelsea, where they paid tribute to their founder, King Charles II.
The Duke of Sussex, who wore his Blues and Royals military outfit, also gave a heartfelt speech.
He shared, according to Vanity Fair: “I think we should all be incredibly proud and grateful knowing that 46 of you here fought in the Second World War — many of you in other conflicts, including Korea, Malaya, Borneo — and that the ‘youngsters’ among you wear Northern Ireland, South Atlantic and First Gulf War Medals with pride.”
“On this 75th anniversary of D-Day, I can comfortably speak for everyone when I say we are honoured to be in the presence of six Normandy Landing veterans. To all who are on parade today, I can only say that you are a constant reminder of the great debt we owe those who have served this nation.”
Prince Charles, Camilla, and Donald Trump were all at Omaha Beach in Normandy for the anniversary commemorations.