Michael Heseltine breaks down in tears on ITV News as he recalls Queen’s incredible strength during D Day anniversary | The Sun
FORMER deputy Prime Minister Lord Michael Heseltine was moved to tears today as he paid tribute toQueen Elizabeth II following her death age 96.
Lord Heseltine, 89, said he was overwhelmed by her remarkable strength and how she carried out her royal duties with poise and self control, recalling one occassion on the 40th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.
He reflected on the D Day event held in France in 1984 to commemorate the largest seaborne invasion in history.
Speaking on ITV News today, he said: "It was really like talking and walking with history.
"What the Queen represented was hundreds of years of continuous history.
"How she could manage to control herself in the deeply emotional experiences she had to go through…
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"Perhaps the most emotional of all which I will never forget; I was Secretary of State for Defence and as such in attendance to Her Majesty at the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Landings in Normandy.
"There were the international celebrations, followed by the British celebrations on the little town of Arromanches (Arromanches-les-Bains) on the beach.
"At the back of the square there were two entrances and those in attendance were lined up behind the Queen. The first thing we heard was the sound of music, the pipes and the bands.
"And then from the back end of the square came in the survivors on their zimmer frames, on their walking sticks, in their wheelchairs, who had landed on that beach 40 years ago to the day."
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Lord Heseltine took a pause as his voice cracked and he said: "You can tell by my voice, it was a deeply deeply moving experience.
"They walked past Her Majesty and then they walked around the other side and were gone.
"How she was able to contain herself without breaking down I have always felt was typical of the discipline she had managed to achieve which was typical of her life."
A period of mourning for the royal family will begin from today until seven days after the Queen's funeral, Buckingham Palace have confirmed.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, it is His Majesty The King's wish that a period of Royal Mourning be observed from now until seven days after The Queen’s Funeral."
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