“We remember all who served and who sacrificed so much.”

A piper played The Heroes of St Valery outside Birkhall, as His Royal Highness took the salute to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of St Valery-en-Caux. 

On this day in 1940, one week after the evacuation at Dunkirk, the Battle of St Valery-en-Caux on the Normandy coast of France came to an end. Thousands of soldiers from the 51st Highland Division lost their lives or were forced to surrender and marched to prisoner of war camps where they remained until the end of the war.  

The Prince has affiliations with many of the highland regiments that served in the 51st Highland Division during the Second World War. 

More than 400 pipers and musicians across five continents marked the anniversary, including The Queen’s Piper who played at Windsor Castle. Scottish Armed Forces charities Poppy Scotland, Legion Scotland and RCET: Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity organised the tribute to remember those who gave their lives and those who were captured.