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Queen Elizabeth References Her Father, King George VI’s, D-Day Broadcast in a Moving Speech

"When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, some thought it might be the last such event. But the wartime generation -my generation -is resilient."
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On June 5, Queen Elizabeth joined Donald Trump, Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron, and more world leaders to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.

As a part of the ceremony, the Queen delivered a short speech—her second in three days, after her remarks at Monday's state banquet. She recalled the words her father, King George VI, broadcasted across the U.K. just after D-Day, and noted the "heroism, courage, and sacrifice" of the soldiers who were lost in WWII.

The Queen also pointed out that the wartime generation was "resilient"—evidenced by her own presence at the event, at the age of 93.


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The Queen delivers her speech

READ THE QUEEN'S SPEECH IN FULL:

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, some thought it might be the last such event. But the wartime generation—my generation—is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today.

Seventy-five years ago, hundreds of thousands of young soldiers, sailors, and airmen left these shores in the cause of freedom. In a broadcast to the nation at that time, my Father, King George VI, said: "…what is demanded from us all is something more than courage and endurance; we need a revival of spirit, a new unconquerable resolve..." That is exactly what those brave men brought to the battle, as the fate of the world depended on their success.

Many of them would never return, and the heroism, courage, and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten. It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country—indeed the whole free world—that I say to you all, thank you.

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*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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