The Telegraph reports:
The Queen to be guest of honour at next year’s 70th anniversary of D-Day to be held on Sword beach, where British troops came ashore in the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944
France will honour Britain’s role in D-Day by inviting the QuSeen to preside over the main international ceremony for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings on Sword beach, according to plans disclosed on Wednesday.
Government sources in Paris said that some 16 heads of state would be invited, including the Queen and US President Barack Obama. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, is also due to attend.
France failed to invite the Queen for the 65th anniversary of the Allied landings on June 6, 1944, reportedly sparking fury at Buckingham Palace and outrage among war veterans.
The failure to invite the Queen – who is head of state of both Britain and Canada – was seen by many to be an insult to the memory of the 17,556 British and 5,316 Canadian troops who died to free France and are buried there. The figure does not include many airmen and sailors whose bodies were never found.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the then conservative French president, was criticised for regarding the commemorations as “primarily a Franco-American occasion”.
Gordon Brown, the then Prime Minister was also slammed for arranging to attend the commemorations himself, but never thinking to ask if the Queen would like to go.
A spokesman for France’s war veteran’s ministry, which is coordinating D-Day commemorations, confirmed that no such faux pas will occur this time.
“The Queen has been invited and will be present along with US President (Barack) Obama,” she told the Daily Telegraph. ” “They want to come,” said a diplomatic source.