(GALLERY) French warship Aquitane at Leith Harbour, Scotland

The French warship Aquitane D650 visiting Leith Harbour in Edinburgh.

During its stay a ceremony was held onboard where nine Scottish veterans were awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest distinction of honour, for their role during the Second World War. The soldiers, one of whom was 101 years old, were presented with the medals by Emmanuel Cocher, Consul General of France in Scotland and Rear Admiral Patrick Chevallereau, the French Embassy’s defence attaché.

The Légion d’honneur was established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte. It is France’s highest distinction and is awarded in recognition of both military and civilian merit. On average, just 10 British nationals per year receive the Légion d’honneur.

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