Prince William to Represent the Crown at D-Day Anniversary Ceremony

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Prince William is taking on additional responsibilities as his father, King Charles III, and wife, Princess Catherine, undergo cancer treatment for their respective conditions.

Buckingham Palace has just announced that the Prince of Wales will be stepping in for his father to represent the crown at an 80th anniversary D-Day commemoration in Normandy, in north-east France, next week.

The gathering will see William as the leader of the United Kingdom, where he will be joined by 25 world leaders. The ceremony will take place at Omaha beach on June 6, and will honor the thousands of American, British and Canadian troops who landed at the beach on D-Day.

The battles on D-Day, which began on June 6, 1944, were crucial in pushing back German forces and bringing about the end of World War II.

Apart from international statesmen, D-Day veterans will attend a commemorative ceremony at the Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer, hosted by the Canadian government, Buckingham Palace has announced.

While King Charles and Queen Camilla will join William on June 5 at the U.K.’s national commemorative event in Portsmouth, the prince will attend the Canadian commemorative ceremony and the international commemorative ceremony on June 6 solo. On that day, the king and queen consort are expected to attend the Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion’s commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the anniversary, as the monarch is Patron of the Royal British Legion.

Princess Kate will not be attending the anniversary ceremonies, as she has noted she will return to public-facing royal duties only when she is allowed to do so by her doctors.

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