Queen Elizabeth II to mark D-Day anniversary

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Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 10:07 AM

LONDON (AP) — Royal officials say Queen Elizabeth II will travel with her husband to France to attend events marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Buckingham Palace says the queen and Prince Philip were invited by French President Francois Hollande to visit Normandy and Paris on June 5-7.

The palace added in a brief statement Monday that the royal couple will be received at the Elysee Palace.

Parades, parachute jumps and concerts are among the events planned to remember the 156,000 Allied troops who fought on the shores of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

The Allied landing in Normandy marked the beginning of a major offensive against Nazi Germany during World War II.

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