D-Day veteran meets Prince Charles 70 years after he met grandfather George VI

A D-Day veteran met and chatted to Prince Charles 70 years after he met the royal's grandfather, George VI.

Alfred Hicks, 94, served as an RAF sergeant during the Second World War and was working with the Armed Forces Filming Unit when he was sent to document the Normandy invasion on June 6 1944.

In the lead-up to the landings, the 94-year-old filmed the king, George VI as he inspected preparations in Portsmouth.

Decades on, Mr Hicks shook hands with Prince Charles at the memorial ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery.

He said: "The prince said I got a chance he never got, I got to meet his grandfather," and described the king as "a lovely man, a really nice man".

Mr Hicks, who landed at Sword Beach on the first day of the campaign, said: "I wanted to get off at the beach and film the others coming in, but they then took us to the front line.

"Then we had to walk all the way back, it took us 12 hours."

Charles also met 93-year-old Gerard Robertson, who had an unusual experience when he arrived on Juno Beach aged 18.

He trained with the Durham Light Infantry, but got separated from his colleagues after they landed on the beach on D-Day.

Mr Robertson said: "We got off the boat and I couldn't find the company, and I never did find them. We ended up going up the beach with the Canadians.

"The following morning, after we found a ditch to stay in overnight, we found another company, the Engineers."

Mr Robertson ended up sticking with the Engineers for the rest of his military career, and joked: "The only reason I ended up with the Engineers was because I could fix a bicycle chain!"

Prince Charles, was joined by Theresa May and other leaders paid tribute to D-Day troops at a moving Royal British Legion remembrance ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the invasion.

The cathedral service was held in Bayeux, the first major place to be liberated after the Allied forces invasion which was the largest amphibious invasion in military history and the beginning of the end of  the Second World War.

The 1,000-strong congregation declared in unison: "We shall remember them", before a two-minute silence as emotional tributes were held in France and the UK. 

At the start of the service, Cardinal Marc Ouellet read a message on behalf of Pope Francis, who said D-Day was "decisive in the fight against Nazi barbarism" and paid tribute to those who "joined the Army and gave their lives for freedom and peace".

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