Queen invited to France for D-Day anniversary

2014-02-03 18:43
Queen Elizabeth II (File, AP)

Queen Elizabeth II (File, AP)

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London - Royal officials say Queen Elizabeth II will travel with her husband to France to attend events marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Buckingham Palace says the queen and Prince Philip were invited by French President Francois Hollande to visit Normandy and Paris on 5-7 June.

The palace added in a brief statement on Monday that the royal couple will be received at the Elysee Palace.

The Queen's last visit abroad was in November 2010, when she visited Oman.

Parades, parachute jumps and concerts are among the events planned to remember the 156 000 Allied troops who fought on the shores of Normandy on 6 June 1944.

The Allied landing in Normandy marked the beginning of a major offensive against Nazi Germany during World War II.


Read more on:    francois hollande  |  queen elizabeth ii  |  uk  |  france  |  world war ii
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