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King Charles III says on D-Day 'nations must stand together to oppose tyranny'

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King Charles III says on D-Day 'nations must stand together to oppose tyranny'
Britain's King Charles III delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP)

British King Charles III at a D-Day commemoration in France on Thursday gave a speech in French in which he called for unity as he marked 80 years since the Allied landings in Normandy that changed the outcome of World War II.

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In the French town of Ver-sur-Mer, he paid homage to fallen Allied soldiers, French civilians who lost their lives and the courage of members of the French resistance.

"It is with the most profound sense of gratitude that we remember them, and all those who served at that critical time," he said.

"We recall the lesson that comes to us, again and again, across the decades: Free nations must stand together to oppose tyranny," he said.

"Let us pray such sacrifice need never be made again."

He said he had been honoured to meet so many veterans over the years and hear their testimonies while they were still alive.

"Our ability to learn from their stories at first hand diminishes," he said.

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"But our obligation to remember them, what they stood for and what they achieved for us all can never diminish."

Turning to French, he paid homage to what he called the "greatest tragedy of the landings: the unimaginable number of civilians who died in this joint battle for freedom".

He also saluted the "incredible courage and sacrifice of the men and women of the French resistance".

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