May 31, 2009 (LPAC) — "Neither the Queen, nor any other member of the royal family will participate at the June 6 D-Day celebrations, since no official invitation was received for any of the planned events" reads a somber statement of Buckingham Palace on May 28.
France, my god, is accused of a terrible crime: lèse majesté. The next day, the British tabloid Daily Mail, said the Queen was "furious" and "frustrated," since she was not invited to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Normandy on June 6, although she was for the 60th in 2004.
The French government spokesman Luc Chatel immediately tried to backtrack and said, of course, the British were invited and that the Queen would be welcome, while specifying the event was a "Franco-American initiative." Buckingham Palace later also corrected its image, claiming that there was "never" any sentiment of anger or frustration. [emphasis added]
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The next day, Air France flight 447 disappeared over the Atlantic, and almost immediately, terrorism was ruled out and lightning was identified as the likely culprit, despite the fact that airliners routinely get struck by lightning without significant effects, and the Air France airliner was only 4 years old.