Thursday, May 28, 2009

Queen Snubbed in D-Day Ceremonies

Queen Elizabeth will not speak alongside French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama at the D-Day ceremonies next week. The French are blaming British PM Gordon Brown for dropping the ball; the Brits argue that Sarkozy didn't want to draw attention away from the French in favor of the British-American alliance.

But at least a few Canadians blame the snub on the Obama administration. And it wouldn't be out of character considering the fact that Obama appears to hate England for some reason.

This royal snub is especially shocking considering the 2,700 men who lost their lives on Sword and Gold beaches. Not only that, but Queen Elizabeth is the only one of the bunch who actually served in The War.

From the NYT
"The queen, who is 83, is the only living head of state who served in uniform during World War II. As Elizabeth Windsor, service number 230873, she volunteered as a subaltern in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, training as a driver and a mechanic. Eventually, she drove military trucks in support roles in England."

But, hey, if she doesn't get to speak, at least she has an iPod to pass the time.

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