Charles and Camilla in silent tribute at ceremony in France marking VE Day
Charles laid a wreath at the foot of a monument.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have commemorated VE Day by laying a wreath at a ceremony in Lyon.
Charles and Camilla were greeted by Georges Kepenekian, mayor of Lyon, and David Kimelfeld, president of the Lyon Metropolitan Area, when they arrived at a monument in Parc Tete d’Or.
The prince laid a wreath at the foot of the grand monument, which was flanked by flag bearers, to mark 73 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.
Their Royal Highness are attending a VE Day ceremony at Le Parc de la Tête d'or in Lyon.— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) May 8, 2018
The Prince of Wales laid a wreath to remember those who fought in France during WWII. #RoyalVisitFrance pic.twitter.com/b3oZPHrzY3
The couple joined hundreds of guests, including veterans, school children and members of the public, who were invited to attend Tuesday’s ceremony.
They were greeted by a fanfare as they approached the memorial – a flame positioned in front of a grand stone monument depicting men carrying a coffin.
The guests remained silent as groups took turns to lay flowers on the ground, including a schoolgirl who gently put down a single flower.
The ceremony concluded with a brass band and choir performing the national anthems of the allies in the Second World War.
Army personnel saluted throughout the anthems as Charles and Camilla stood and listened in silence.
The couple moved on to meet veterans and schoolchildren who participated in the ceremony – as well as members of the public who were invited to attend.
Every year, a large number of ex-combatants and resistance members are invited to attend the annual VE Day ceremony.