You don’t have to tell me, Queen reminds veteran recounting horrors of war

The Queen told a D-Day veteran he did not have to remind her about the horrors of the liberation of Europe – as she was from his generation.

After attending the poignant and moving commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied campaign, the mood lighted when the Queen, joined by US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and the Prince of Wales, met a small group of elderly ex-servicemen and women who were all involved with Normandy landings.

She chatted to former Royal Marine Jack Smith, 94, a landing craft coxswain who was part of the first wave during D-Day.

He spent almost three months at the Normandy beaches ferrying the injured, munitions and other cargo, sleeping on his vessel under a tarpaulin sheet and was regularly strafed with bullets by Nazi planes.

When the veteran told the Queen how bad things were on D-Day she replied: "You don't have to tell me – I'm from the same generation," his son-in-law Stanley Marlow told reporters.

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(back row left to right) Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia Richard Rasi, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of of Norway Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and Danish Ambassador to the UK Lars Thuesen. (front row, left to right) Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte at a meeting of leaders the Allied Nations during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(front row, left to right) US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(front row, left to right) Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(left to right) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May during a meeting of leaders the Allied Nations during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
US President Donald Trump and President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos during a meeting of leaders the Allied Nations during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
Melania Trump and President of France Emmanuel Macron during a meeting of the leaders of the Allied Nations at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(left to right) President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Theresa May, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos during a meeting of leaders of the Allied Nations at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(left to right) Melania Trump, President of the France Emmanuel Macron, US President Donald Trump and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt during a meeting of leaders of the Allied Nations at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(left to right) Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May during a meeting of leaders of the Allied Nations at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
Veteran Bertie Billet during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
French President Emmanuel Macron meets veterans after his speech during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
Sheridan Smith performing during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
(left to right) The Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
US President Donald Trump speaking during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
(left to right) French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
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(left to right) Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
D-Day veterans take the stage during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
(left to right) Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
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US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
D-Day veteran Jim Booth, 97, speaks to armed police officers during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
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The ex-servicemen, from Barwell, Leicestershire, then teased the Queen, who is 93, by saying "I'm older than you."

After chatting with the monarch Mr Smith said: "It was a thrill meeting the Queen, she's marvellous and a real good egg."

The former Royal Marine and his 74-year-old son-in-law, who is from Hinckley, Leicestershire, also chatted to Mr Trump and his wife.

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Melania and Donald Trump meet veterans after the ceremony (Jeff J Mitchell/PA)

Mr Marlow said: "He was a very nice chap. We had a little joke, he said 'I couldn't win that' pointing to Jack's medals and I said to him about his wife 'well you won this one'.

"He laughed and she said 'thank you very much'.

Speaking about the commemoration event staged in Portsmouth, Mr Smith said: "It means an awful lot to be here, the day respects everybody who took part in D-Day.

"A lot of people did a lot of good work that day it respects their memory and the lads that didn't come back."

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