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The Queen to make state visit to France

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are to make a three-day state visit to France later this year.

Her Majesty and Prince Philip are to travel to France on the invitation of president Francois Hollande.

The 87-year-old monarch, who last visited France in June 2004, will arrive in France on June 5 and will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy the following day.


“On 6 June the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend events in Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings,” a statement from Buckingham Palace explained.

After marking the D-Day landings the Queen and the Duke will travel on to Paris where they will be received by Francois Hollande and take part in state events to honour their visit.

“On 6 and 7 June Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will attend state visit events in Paris and be received at the Elysee Palace by President Hollande.”

The Queen first visited France in April 1957, and this year’s state visit will be her first since April 2004.

In June 2004, the monarch also visited France for the 60th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.

The scheduled visit shows Her Majesty has no signs of slowing down this year as it’s also rumoured she is planning a second foreign visit for later this year.

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