By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline
Published: 20:18 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 20:18 BST, 5 June 2019
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 Trump 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
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