As-it-happened: D-Day commemorations

Key points

  • D-Day was the start of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied western Europe
  • On 6 June 1944, 156,000 British, US and Canadian forces invaded the coast of northern France
  • The Queen, US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin were among those attending commemorations
  • Hundreds of WW2 veterans also attended
  • As many as 4,000 Allied troops and 9,000 German died in one day
  • All times are in BST (GMT +1)

Live text

Reporting:

  • Suzanne Leigh 
  • Liam Allen 
  • Patrick Jackson 
  • Alison Daye 

Last updated 5 June 2014

STANDARD 07:57

Welcome to the BBC's live coverage of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Many events are being held to mark the occasion, including a gathering of world leaders in northern France.

STANDARD 08:01

Landing craft at a D-Day beach

Landing craft are gathering in the English Channel, as many did when the sun rose on 6 June 1944. About 160,000 Allied troops landed on D-Day.

STANDARD 08:04

About 650 UK veterans are expected to gather at Ouistreham - the beach codenamed Sword - later along with the Queen, US President Barack Obama, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande of France.

STANDARD 08:12

A US flag planted on a beach

A US flag has been planted on Omaha Beach, where 70 years ago American troops were locked in fierce fighting with German defenders.

STANDARD 08:18

Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande begins the day by paying his respects at a memorial in Caen. World leaders are gathering for a ceremony in Bayeux.

STANDARD 08:22

A remembrance ceremony is under way at Bayeux Cathedral. Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron are among those in attendance from the UK.

STANDARD 08:27

David Cameron, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

Veterans are welcomed to the ceremony in Bayeux. The congregation is reminded of "the German soldiers swept up in this tragedy [and] the many victims of the war".

STANDARD 08:38

Brigadier David Baines MBE

In a reading at Bayeux Cathedral, Brigadier David Baines MBE speaks of men who died "with no memorial". He adds: "But these were merciful men whose righteousness has not been forgotten."

STANDARD 08:43

The Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, national chaplain to the Royal British Legion, tells the congregation at Bayeux Cathedral younger generations owe veterans a "momentous thank you".