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TOMORROW marks the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings where about 2,700 British soldiers lost their lives, along with Americans, Canadians, free-French and Norwegians.

They died liberating France and saving the world from fascism. Charles de Gaulle was always suspicious of the British and played down our role in the Second World War.

He later blocked Britain's entry into the European Economic Community twice and ensured France's education system would remember American sacrifices during the war and reduced the importance of the British role.

Now we learn our Queen was not invited to the D-Day commemorations and Prince Charles Noun 1. Prince Charles - the eldest son of Elizabeth II and heir to the English throne (born in 1948)
 is to go instead. Not inviting the Queen is an insult to Britons who died saving France.

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, York

WHEN I heard that Her Majesty the Queen would not be at the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings I was shocked to say the least.

It is far more appropriate that the Queen and Prince Philip Noun 1. Prince Philip - Englishman and husband of Elizabeth II (born 1921)
Duke of Edinburgh, Philip
 are at the commemorations than either Gordon Brown or Prince Charles who weren't even born when D-Day took place.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to the millions of men and women who fought in the Second World War.

Many of them, like my father-in-law, lied about being old enough to fight so they could help to defeat fascism.

MA Thomas Pembroke, Pembs

IT'S a slap in the face to the Queen and to the veterans of Normandy that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has put his own ego before protocol.

He invited Barack Obama and other heads of state to Saturday's 65th anniversary of D-Day but overlooked the Queen in a show of ignorance.

Her Majesty The Queen is one of the last surviving heads of state who actually played a part in the war and she should have been invited.

Tom Baxter Tom Baxter is a singer-songwriter based in London. Born in Suffolk, he grew up in Cornwall, with both parents regulars on the folk music circuit. After moving to London at age 19 to attend music college, he spent many years on the gig circuit before a successful residency at Bush  Denny Stirlingshire ON Saturday we'll remember the Normandy landings as well as the beginning of the end of the Second World War. Let us also celebrate First World War veteran Henry Allingham's 113th birthday, making him the oldest man in Britain.

Peter Crawley, Upminster, Essex I'D like to remind people June 27 is Armed Forces Day. Please fly the flag in honour of the sacrifice made by our brave troops.

Come on everyone, fly the flag.

K Bradley Tipton, W Mids

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PRINCE Charles received a last-minute invitation to D-Day commemorations in France after the Queen was ignored. French President Nicolas Sarkozy insisted it was a Franco-American affair. You say it is a shameful snub and an insult to our veterans...
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2009
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