Theresa May receives kiss on the cheek from D-Day veteran aged 94

A 94-year-old D-Day veteran leaned forward and gave the Prime Minister a kiss on the cheek after meeting her in northern France.

Former Royal Marine Robert William Yaxley, 94, from Chelmsford in Essex, met Theresa May following a service at Bayeux Cemetery.

He was an 18-year-old commando in a landing craft that reached Sword Beach on D-Day 75 years ago.

"She came over and said 'pleased to meet you'," Mr Williams said.

"She said 'Thank you for what you have done'.

"I kissed her – why not? It is not everyone that can do that. I took her by the arms and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

"She said 'Ooh thank you'."

Mr Williams said that after reaching France, he made his way through to Germany "without a scratch".

The nonagenarian, who is a keen dancer, is on the Royal British Legion's cruise to mark the anniversary of D-Day.

Len Williams, 93, was an 18-year-old private with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and landed on Gold Beach a few days after June 6.

He said his meeting with Mrs May, who was accompanied by husband Philip, "couldn't have been more perfect".

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Philip May (3L), husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (C), Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (2R) and Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend a ceremony at the Cathedral of Bayeux, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Jane Barlow / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JANE BARLOW/AFP/Getty Images)
BAYEUX, FRANCE - JUNE 06: (L-R) Britan's Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Philip May watch the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on June 6, 2019 in Bayeux, France. Veterans and families gathered in Normandy to commemorate D-Day's 75th anniversary. It has been announced that 16 countries had signed a historic proclamation of peace to ensure the horrors of the Second World War are never repeated. The text has been agreed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) is kissed by veteran Robert Yaxley following a service of remembrance at Bayeux cemetery on June 6, 2019 in Bayeux, northern France, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Leon Neal / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
BAYEUX, FRANCE - JUNE 06: British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech during the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on June 6, 2019 in Bayeux, France. Veterans and families gathered in Normandy to commemorate D-Day's 75th anniversary. It has been announced that 16 countries had signed a historic proclamation of peace to ensure the horrors of the Second World War are never repeated. The text has been agreed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)
BAYEUX, FRANCE - JUNE 06: British Prime Minister Theresa May lays a wreath during the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on June 6, 2019 in Bayeux, France. Veterans and families gathered in Normandy to commemorate D-Day's 75th anniversary. It has been announced that 16 countries had signed a historic proclamation of peace to ensure the horrors of the Second World War are never repeated. The text has been agreed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)
BAYEUX, FRANCE - JUNE 06: British Prime Minister Theresa May lays a wreath during the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on June 6, 2019 in Bayeux, France. Veterans and families gathered in Normandy to commemorate D-Day's 75th anniversary. It has been announced that 16 countries had signed a historic proclamation of peace to ensure the horrors of the Second World War are never repeated. The text has been agreed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)
BAYEUX, FRANCE - JUNE 06: British Prime Minister Theresa May lays a wreath during the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on June 6, 2019 in Bayeux, France. Veterans and families gathered in Normandy to commemorate D-Day's 75th anniversary. It has been announced that 16 countries had signed a historic proclamation of peace to ensure the horrors of the Second World War are never repeated. The text has been agreed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) waves as she chats with veteran Leslie Stocking (L) following a service of remembrance at Bayeux cemetery on June 6, 2019 in Bayeux, northern France, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Leon Neal / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) meets veterans Leonard Williams (L) and Dorrell Kitcher (R) following a service of remembrance at Bayeux cemetery on June 6, 2019 in Bayeux, northern France, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Leon Neal / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cornwall talks with Prime Minister Theresa May at the Royal British Legion's Service of Remembrance, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, in Bayeux, France, as part of commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
BAYEUX, FRANCE - JUNE 06: A flypast during a memorial service at Bayeux War Cemetery on June 06, 2019 in Bayeux, France. Veterans, families, visitors, political leaders and military personnel are gathering in Normandy to commemorate D-Day, which heralded the Allied advance towards Germany and victory about 11 months later. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
French Defense Minister Florence Parly (L), flanked by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and British Prime Minister Theresa May (2R) and her husband Philip May attend a ceremony at the Commonwealth Bayeux War Cemetery in Bayeux, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Francisco Seco / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO SECO/AFP/Getty Images)
BAYEUX, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attend a memorial service at Bayeux War Cemetery on June 06, 2019 in Bayeux, France. Veterans, families, visitors, political leaders and military personnel are gathering in Normandy to commemorate D-Day, which heralded the Allied advance towards Germany and victory about 11 months later. (Photo by Chris Jackson- Pool/Getty Images)
BAYEUX, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May departs Bayeux Cathedral on June 06, 2019 in Bayeux, France. Veterans, families, visitors, political leaders and military personnel are gathering in Normandy to commemorate D-Day, which heralded the Allied advance towards Germany and victory about 11 months later. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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John McOwan, 98, from Peebles in the Scottish Borders, was a sergeant with the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers on D-Day.

He landed on Sword Beach four days after June 6.

"The Prime Minister said she was very pleased to meet me," Mr McOwan said.

"I said that I admire her very much and she smiled.

"This whole trip has been mind boggling. I shook hands with President Macron in Portsmouth, as well as Sheridan Smith.

"The service was very emotional. The tears were running down my face because it was so touching."

He brought a cross for school friend Johnny Lowry, an RAF pilot killed during the Second World War.

Mrs May also spoke to John Groves, 93, who was a guardsman with the Scots Guards and landed on Gold Beach days after D-Day.

She told him: "It has been a great pleasure to be able to see so many veterans here and be able to thank you for what you did."

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US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands during a meeting with the French President Emmanuel Macron at the Prefecture of Caen, Normandy, north-western France, on June 6, 2019, on the sidelines of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with US President Donald Trump ahead of a meeting at the Prefecture of Caen, Normandy, north-western France, on June 6, 2019, on the sidelines of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive at the Franco-American Memorial Ceremony of 75th D-Day anniversary at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.On Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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