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Veterans set sail for Normandy once more as the Prime Minister and 16 heads of state wave off brave servicemen to retrace the route they took to the French coast on D-Day for its 75th anniversary Theresa May waved off veterans in Portsmouth as they retraced route they took to Normandy on June 6 1944  Heads of 16 countries involved in World War II joined Her Majesty to wave off the cruise ship Boudicca today  Former servicemen and spectators flew Union flags as Royal Navy sailors took their hats off to salute veterans 

By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline

Published: 20:18 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 20:18 BST, 5 June 2019

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Heroic veterans of the D-Day landings are sailing from Portsmouth to Normandy as the world marks the 75th anniversary of the offensive.

After US President joined Queen Elizabeth II to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who gave their lives in Normandy on June 6, 1944, former servicemen headed out to commemorate Operation Overlord.

The World War II operation was divided into air and amphibious landings and this evening a flotilla was pictured setting sail for the French coast.

Prime Minister Theresa May waved of veterans in Hampshire just after 7pm as they retraced the route they'd taken as young men decades ago.

Prime Minister Theresa May (in blue) is joined by Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt (left) and husband Philip May (right) to wave off veterans setting sail for Normandy as they commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic June 6 landings in 1944 that set the Allies on the course for victory over the Nazis

Prime Minister Theresa May (in blue) is joined by Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt (left) and husband Philip May (right) to wave off veterans setting sail for Normandy as they commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic June 6 landings in 1944 that set the Allies on the course for victory over the Nazis

The Boudicca cruise ship, commissioned by the Royal British Legion, departs from Portsmouth, Hampshire, this evening to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the decisive D-Day landings

The Boudicca cruise ship, commissioned by the Royal British Legion, departs from Portsmouth, Hampshire, this evening to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the decisive D-Day landings 

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