Princess Elizabeth, a 2nd Subaltern in the ATS standing in front of an ambulance in April, 1945. Princess Elizabeth served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.(Ministry of Information official photographer)
Princess Elizabeth, a 2nd Subaltern in the ATS standing in front of an ambulance in April, 1945. Princess Elizabeth served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.
(Ministry of Information official photographer)

Britain’s Forgotten Veteran

Queen Elizabeth II ought to have been the first dignitary invited to Normandy on June 6, not the last.
 

The leaders of France, Canada and the United States descended on Normandy on June 6 in a much more peaceful way than the 150,000 Allied soldiers did on that date in 1944. They commemorated the 65th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Hitler’s Europe. Eight hundred British veterans of Normandy joined the dignitaries, along with former servicemen from Canada and the United States, a squall of reporters and countless tourists from across the planet.

You would think that someone would have reserved a chair for Britain’s head of state, the 83-year-old matriarch of the indefatigable institution at the heart of Britain’s wartime resilience, herself a survivor and veteran of World War ii.

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