This was always going to be a poignant day for the Queen.
Taking pride of place, surrounded by over a dozen heads of state and prime ministers at the commemorative event on Southsea Common, where thousands of men gathered 75 years ago ready to embark on the D-Day landings with no guarantee that they would come home.
Her Majesty is the only one of those world leaders who remembers first hand the enormity of the bravery and sacrifice of those who were sent to the beaches in Normandy.
Princess Elizabeth was 18 at the time. Reminding the audience of her own personal connection she recalled a speech that her father King George VI gave at the time in which he said: “What is demanded from us all is something more than courage and endurance; we need a revival of spirit, a new unconquerable resolve…”
Seven decades on the Queen added to her father’s tribute, saying: “That is exactly what those brave men brought to the battle, as the fate of the world depended on their success. Many of them would never return, and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten.
“It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country – indeed the whole free world – that I say to you all, thank you.”
But she was also speaking up for her generation. The no nonsense humility displayed by many of the veterans, echoed in her own words, as she said: “When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, some thought it might be the last such event.
“But the wartime generation – my generation – is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today.”
It has been a week when the monarch has displayed her own dedication to her country as she, more than anyone else, set the tone for Donald Trump’s state visit.
Again in Portsmouth sitting alongside her, the president was in his element, oozing an air of deference and respect. It’s hard to think of any other world leader that could have the same effect on this outspoken president.
Yes there has been controversy over Trump’s comments about the NHS, Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan, who will replace Theresa May, and even what he thinks about the Duchess of Sussex, but he has appeared toned down in his approach.
Whatever you think of the Royal family, the Queen, supported by her relatives has helped to maintain a display of business as usual, against a backdrop of considerable political uncertainty.
A week where the 93-year-old sovereign has shown her own personal resilience and stamina in abundance.
Former undefeated and unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua took to his YouTube channel Wednesday to reflect on his shocking loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The heavyweight division was blown wide open when the massive underdog Mexican shocked the world to take the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles.
“I have to take my loss like a man, no blaming anyone, no blaming anything.” Joshua said. “I’m the one who went in there to perform, and my performance didn’t go to plan. My game plan didn’t go to plan, so I have to readjust, analyze, do my best to correct it and get the job done in the rematch.
“Congratulations to Andy Ruiz, he has six months or so to be champion, because the belts go into the air and he has to defend the title against myself. Within our contract we were negotiating we added some clauses, as you do. So naturally we added a rematch clause, date, location and so on.
“I would not mind if it was in New York again, I wouldn’t mind if it was in England.”
The rematch was announced Tuesday by Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn. But the date and location are yet to be confirmed.
Joshua also dismissed a couple of the rumors that have been making the rounds since his defeat.
“About the fight, look, the whole training camp team pulled together and done a great job,” he said. “I started my camp off in Sheffield (England), which I normally do, anyway. Was working there for about six weeks, seven weeks cracking on, came to New York, continue my press tour. There was a lot of issues going on with this fight with Jarrell Miller, (Luiz) Ortiz pulling out, (Andy) Ruiz stepping in, but it all makes for the drama show, the entertainment of heavyweight boxing.
“So, I traveled here, done my press conference, and then I’ve gone to Miami. The set up was spot-on. I didn’t go out expect for lunch one day, out in the open. Other days the chef in-house was cooking, eating in-house and so on. No contaminated food. I know there’s a lot of accusations and worries about what was wrong with me, but I want to tell you this: I’m a soldier, and I have to take my ups and my downs, and on Saturday I took a loss, and I have to take it like a man and that’s why one of my sayings is, ‘never let success get to your head and never let your failures get to your heart.'”
Added Joshua: “I had no panic attack. I’m not that type of person. You know me.”