Donald Trump, US President and many other foreign leaders, are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Western Allies’ Normandy landing in the port city of Portsmouth, southern England.
Trump arrived on Monday for a three-day state visit, officially II. As a guest of Queen Elizabeth in London. His visit was timed to participate in the grand anniversary event.
According to a program officially announced by Downing Street on Wednesday morning, the commemoration will be attended by the leaders of 15 countries whose soldiers fought against Britain in Normandy.
In addition to the American President, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Prime Minister Charles Michel, Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis, Mark Rutte, Head of the Dutch Government, Mateusz Morawiecki Polish Prime Minister and Richard Rasi, Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia.
Great Britain II. Queen Elizabeth, Charles Crown Prince, and Prime Minister Theresa May will be present and there will be more than 300 veterans who took part in the Overlord Operation, which began on June 6, 1944.
May’s office in the program guide emphasizes that, apart from the official summits, so many foreign leaders have not gathered in Britain since the 2012 London Olympics.
For the commemorative ceremony, the largest ship of the British Royal Navy, the 280-meter-long Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier with a displacement of 65 meters, will be launched at Portsmouth harbor and will be equipped with F-35 combat aircraft.
The 300 veterans from Portsmouth, a specially hired boat, once again moved to Normandy after the event on the same route that they had embarked on for 75 years as part of a landing operation.
The British state visit of Donald Trump ends after the Portsmouth event.
US President on Monday II. Queen Elizabeth received her traditional splendor at Buckingham Palace in London.
Trump talked to Prime Minister Theresa May on Downing on Tuesday.
The British ruler is visiting foreign heads of state only once or twice a year, so the invitation to the state visit is a great honor in British diplomatic practice.
The 93-year-old II. Queen Elizabeth, who has been the ruler of the United Kingdom for 67 years, stepped on a throne since 1952, and has received 112 foreign heads of state on a state visit, including three US presidents: George W. Bush in 2003, Barack Obama in 2011 and Donald Trump now.