Today, The Prince of Wales attended commemorative events in the Netherlands for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem. In September 1944, more than 35,000 allied airborne troops landed behind enemy lines in Arnhem by parachute and glider, launching Operation Market Garden.
His Royal Highness began the day with a commemorative service at Ginkel Heath with HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Their Royal Highnesses both laid wreaths and viewed a wave of parachute drops onto the heath, including soldiers from The Parachute Regiment, of which The Prince is Colonel-in-Chief. The Prince and The Princess also had the opportunity to meet veterans and their families.
The Prince then visited St. Eusebius Church, which was heavily damaged during the battle, to mark the recent restoration works to the tower, and attended the Polish Airborne Commemorative Service in Driel. Following the service, His Royal Highness visited the local church to view a display on the Polish contribution to Operation Market Garden.
In Oosterbeek, The Prince met members of the Army Air Corps, of which His Royal Highness is Colonel-in-Chief, and visited the replica Horsa glider.