PALACE ANGER AT FRENCH D-DAY SNUB TO QUEENWednesday May 27,2009
By Dana Gloger
NEITHER the Queen nor any senior member of the Royal Family has been invited to next week’s D-Day commemorations, it was revealed last night.]
Buckingham Palace confirmed that it had not received an invitation from French officials for the Normandy events, which will mark the historic 65th anniversary.
It was reported last night that Royal aides were furious that the Queen had not been asked to join the ceremony, which is to be attended by the US head of state, President Barack Obama.
It has been claimed that French President Nicolas Sarkozy plans to make it a Franco-American occasion with the main focus of services to be at the American Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer and that there were never any plans to invite any British Royals.
But Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been invited and is expected to attend the events on June 6.
Last night there was growing anger amid claims that he had failed to also secure an invitation for the Queen.
Royal commentator Margaret Holder yesterday laid the blame at his door.
“It is a failing on his part,” she said. “He should have made sure that the Queen or Royal Family were honoured.
“He has not been on the ball enough to secure that invitation to her or to Prince Charles or his sons.
“At the very least, he has overlooked the matter. It seems quite a departure from the previous Labour policy of ensuring that the Queen was in a prominent position at public events.”
She added that the lack of a Royal invitation was “a question of perception” and likely to be seen as insulting.
Franco-American my ass. My great-uncle is buried in Normandy.