06/06/2014 12:46 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:03 EDT

Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge At Normandy 2014

Christopher Furlong via Getty Images
ARROMANCHES LES BAINS, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge observe the minutes silence as they attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 2014 in Arromanches Les Bains, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Prince William and Duchess Catherine, née Kate Middleton, attended the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France on Friday, alongside the other members of the British royal family, including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla. Neither Prince Harry nor Prince George were in attendance.

The memorial event took place to mark the 70 years that have passed since the Allied forces landed on Normandy beach, beginning the invasion to take back western Europe from the Germans, and the eventual Allied victory in World War II.

Thousands of Canadians were among the 150,000 soldiers (also made up of troops from the U.S. and U.K.) who fought that day, and almost 1,000 veterans attended the commemorative event. World leaders like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladmir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko, also attended the ceremony, as well as many members of European royal families.

duchess and normandy

According to a Facebook page of their upcoming engagements, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the ceremony honouring the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings in Arromanches, France, and then met veterans at a tea party.

duchess and normandy

They will finish the day at a commemoration ceremony at Gold Beach alongside the rest of the family.

Prince William is in a unique position to appreciate the contributions of the veterans, as a former member of Royal Air Force himself. He left his position with the military to focus on his royal duties last year, though recent speculation could see him return to the air as an ambulance pilot, reports the Telegraph.

Kate, for her part, has spent some time thinking about what the role of the military means to her family, having written a foreword for the book Living in the Slipstream: Life as a RAF Wife.