Chelsea pensioners

Prince Harry 'honoured' to be with D-Day veterans

Prince Harry and Chelsea Pensioner
EPA

The Duke of Sussex has praised Chelsea Pensioners who were part of the D-Day landings, saying he was "honoured" to be in their presence.

Prince Harry met six former servicemen who were involved in Operation Overlord 75 years ago to liberate Europe from the Nazis, as he joined the Royal Hospital Chelsea's annual Founder's Day celebrations.

In a lighter moment, the duke joked about the success of Colin Thackery, who won Britain's Got Talent last week, saying that Charles II, the hospital's founder, would be amused to know he was "Royal Variety standard".

With the Pensioners lined up on the parade ground and around 1,900 of their families, friends and regimental representatives in stands nearby, Prince Harry gave an address.

"On this 75th anniversary of D-Day, I can comfortably speak for everyone when I say we are honoured to be in the presence of six Normandy landing veterans," he said.

"To all who are on parade today, I can only say that you are a constant reminder of the great debt we owe those who have served this nation.

"You embody the fitting home that awaits them in the peace and tranquility of the Royal Hospital, should they want it."