Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to Britain's D-Day veterans, saying the country will "always be proud" of them.
Mr Cameron joined D-Day veterans on World War II warship HMS Belfast at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. The ship, moored on the Thames, led commemorations with a ceremony attended by the five remaining veterans who served on board.
Belfast was one of the first ships to open fire on German positions at 5.27am on June 6, 1944. She played a crucial role in protecting the Arctic Convoys until 1944, when she spent five weeks supporting the D-Day landings, firing thousands of shells.
Describing Operation Overlord – the codename for the landings – as an "awe-inspiring feat of planning and human endeavour", Mr Cameron said: "Seventy years on we look back on that day with awe, with pride and with gratitude. That day marked a turning point in the war, the dawn of liberty in Europe and yes, the beginning of the end of fascism."