70th anniversary of D-Day commemorated in Arromanches

The Dutch servicemen who played a part in the liberation of Europe were remembered this morning in Arromanches, France. King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert were all present at the commemoration ceremony.

Prime Minister Rutte: "We are, and will remain, grateful to all of our liberators. Veterans: we send you our gratitude. Throughout the history of mankind, freedom has seldom been easily won. And seldom was the price of freedom so high as during the liberation of Europe."


Scores of veterans from the Royal Netherlands Princess Irene Brigade and the Naval Air Arm, who had taken part in the 1944 landings, were also in attendance.

The Royal couple laid a wreath in memory of the fallen, with Prime Minister Rutte and Minister of Defence Hennis following suit on behalf of the Ministerial Council. The French government also laid a wreath.