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Not one member of the Royal Family will be present at next week's D-Day 65th anniversary commemorations in France, Buckingham Palace finally confirmed yesterday.
After weeks of confusion, Royal officials conceded that it was now simply too late to organise a visit to Normandy next Saturday - even if the French were to issue a last-minute formal invitation to the Queen.
President Sarkozy's officials caused anger in Britain earlier this week when they admitted they had never planned to invite the Queen, and described the entire programme of events as 'very much a Franco-American occasion' centred on Barack Obama's visit to the U.S. invasion beaches - Utah and Omaha