An epic moment with the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. At the D Day celebrations in Portsmouth, the Greek president found himself sitting between two remarkable ladies: the most powerful woman Angela Merkel and the wife of the most powerful man, Melania Trump.
A little further on the right, next to US President Donald Trump, sits Queen Elisabeth with Prince Charles on her side.
Greeks wondered about the privileged position of the Greek president at the D Day official lodge But the seat protocol is clear: He is a state leader and therefore his status is superior to the status of government leaders.
“The anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy -D Day- teaches us the duty to defend the European edifice from enemies of all kinds, who are trying to demolish it,” President Pavlopoulos said during the events marking the 75th Anniversary of the landing of the WWII Allied Forces in Normandy.
Referring to current threats and enemies of the European idea, he stressed: “They will not pass. We will not allow them to hamper European integration, we will not allow them to threaten the European Republic and European civilization.”