for freedom. On Friday, the emotion was written on her bearing as the royal matriarch paid tribute to those who fell on the beaches of Normany 70 years ago. Surrounded by war graves in Bayeux, the first town to be liberated from the Nazis, she bowed her head in silent reflection after
. Ten miles away
at the American War Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer where almost 10,000 US troops lie.
The Queen pays her respects at Bayeux to the heroes of the Normandy landings who on June 6, 1944 liberated France, turning the tide of World War II. Photo: © Getty Images
The sovereign, who was joined by Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, said the occasion was "an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and the incredible sacrifices that were made". Photo: © Getty Images
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls with the British royals at Bayeux Cathedral. Despite the presence of so many world figures it was the veterans who took centre stage and were cheered by the townspeople on their return. Photo: © Getty Images
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands join the commemoration ceremony in Arromanches, Normandy. Photo: © Rex
President Barack Obama greets veterans at the American War Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. He told them they and their comrades "turned the tide in that common struggle for freedom".
The Camerons at Bayeux cathedral; the Prime Minster spoke of the gratitude owed to the fallen veterans.
A piper plays a lament on Gold Beach as landing craft from the Royal Marines arrive at Arromanche on June 6, 2014 in Arromanches Les Bains, France. Photo: © Getty Images
D-Day veteran Victor Walker, 88, formerly of HMS Versatile, arrives at Bayeux Cathedral for the service of remembrance.
Michel Colas shows his grandsons Samuel Colas and Rafael Schneider graves at the American Cemetery where 10,000 troops are buried. Photo: © Getty Images
Veterans salute those who did not come back during the playing of the 'Last Post' in Colleville-sur-Mer.