Prince of Wales to attend 65th D-Day anniversary

June 2nd, 2009 - 8:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Gordon Brown London, June 2(ANI): Prince Charles is expected to represent Queen Elizabeth at a ceremony to mark the landing of Allied troops on a beach in Normandy, France.

Pressure from the White House has forced the French Government to invite the British royal family for the D-Day commemoration ceremony on June 6 in Normandy.

“If the Queen wanted to attend these events, or if any member of the Royal family wanted to attend these events, I would make that possible,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the BBC.

The ceremony will be attended by US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The French government had kept the Queen out off its original guest list prepared by Sarkozy.

Earlier, the US President Barack Obama had expressed his desire to have Queen Elizabeth present at the D-Day commemoration ceremony.

Obama’s personal interest in the matter will increase pressure on Downing Street.

Being the only surviving head of state who served in World War II, the Queen was snubbed.
Following this, Buckingham Palace has taken the unusual decision that neither the Queen nor any senior member of the Royal family will attend the ceremony where tribute will be paid to British soldiers who died in France during World War II. (ANI)

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