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Probably, because at that time, they were very pro Nazi, too.
I don't know about Liechtenstein, but it's not quite accurate to describe Monaco in WWII as "very pro-Nazi". The Principality had a wishy washy ruler(Louis II)who was pro-French but supported the collaborationist Vichy government because he was buddies with Petain. He tried to play both sides. The mostly Italian populace felt an affinity for the fascist leader of their homeland,Benito Mussolini. The future Rainier II himself fought the Nazis in the Free French Army and was awarded the Bronze Star.

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Old 06-02-2014, 03:53 PM
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Grand duke Henri, grand duchess Maria Teresa and grand duke Jean will attend too.
70ème anniversaire du débarquement allié et de la bataille de Normandie - Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg - Juin 2014
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:47 PM
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This will be the first major WWII Anniversary w/no surviving WWII Vets in my Family left. W/my Aunt Evelyn's passing last year, it was the end of having a living touchstone back to those times. Having been raised listening to the stories of my Uncle, Cousin and to a lesser extent due to being in BC, my Aunt, the events of the War has always been more than far off History to me thanks to them.

While none of them fought in Normandy, I will still be thinking of them on Friday morning.

One thing I wish got more coverage period is/are the stories of the Men and Woman (Nurses from the Philippines) who fought/served in Hong Kong/The Asian Theatre and ended up as POW's. What they went through and survived is just beyond words and they deserve so much respect, but their stories just don't seem to be told that often. If at all. It is far worse than a shame that's happened. :(

For those interested, the CBC will be "reporting" on Operation Overload/D Day "as it happens" over at Twitter starting sometime Thursday. It's CBC D Day Live for those interested in following along. It's a pretty neat idea IMO and can't wait to see how it all goes down.

So looking forward to Friday and all the coverage. Then again, it's History w/Royal watching combined. Two things I adore, so what's not to love!?! :)
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D-Day veteran honours war dead as 70th anniversary celebrations begin | Mail Online
  • Hundreds of British Veterans are in Normandy to take part in events to mark the greatest military invasion in history
  • Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall headed to Cafe Gondree, the first place to be liberated in France in 1944
  • Princess Anne made an appearance at the main UK event, a Drumhead Service on Southsea Common in Portsmouth
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:21 PM
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The Princess Royal has led tributes to the heroes who took part and the many who died in the D-Day landings at the main ceremony in the UK to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Anne, who is commodore in chief of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth area, attended a drumhead service on Southsea Common, Portsmouth, along with veterans and serving members of the armed forces-
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Prince Charles has attended a parachute drop in Normandy this afternoon, as part of commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Scottish D-Day veteran Jock Hutton, 89, took part in a tandem jump with one of the Red Devils during the drop at Ranville and met Prince Charles after the jump-
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The taking of Pegasus Bridge was a major triumph for the Allies in the early stages of the invasion in France. Prince Charles and Camilla met veterans of the Glider Pilot Regiment at Pegasus Bridge this morning and Prince Charles laid a wreath at the Glider Pilot Memorial-
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, in Paris| Blogs•Spletnik.ru
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C-SPAN Live Video Coverage: LIVE Friday 4:30am EDT
President Obama at D-Day 70th Anniversary-
President Obama and French President Hollande speak at the 70th Anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion, and visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial above Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France-

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I wonder if it will beat the Polish Freedom celebrations in number of heads of state attending. http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post1672126

The Polish President is expected to be there. The most important thing about this whole D-Day anniversary is Putin's presence, his dinner or lunch with Hollande and his potential meeting with President Poroshenko of Ukraine.
I also look forward to see how will the organisers deal with protocol questions in order to not offence anyone and at the same time, not to let Putin and Obama, for example, step on each other's toes.
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I wonder if it will beat the Polish Freedom celebrations in number of heads of state attending. http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post1672126

The Polish President is expected to be there. The most important thing about this whole D-Day anniversary is Putin's presence, his dinner or lunch with Hollande and his potential meeting with President Poroshenko of Ukraine.
I also look forward to see how will the organisers deal with protocol questions in order to not offence anyone and at the same time, not to let Putin and Obama, for example, step on each other's toes.
I know its wishful thinking but wouldn't it be grand if all these heads of state did some deep thinking while they were there and realized that its up to all of them to ensure that the horrors of WWI and WWII don't ever happen again?
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King Harald yesterday in the Normandie, laying a wreath in Villons-les-Buisson,
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He is also present today.
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:35 AM
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Charles and Camilla attended a service of Remembrance this morning at Bayeux Cathedral :

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Charles and Camilla attended a service of Remembrance this morning at Bayeux Cathedral :

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The British Prime Minister & his wife were present too.
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Some more info about William and Kate’s engagements this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/XS3PisUpRE

Next engagements for the royal party... pic.twitter.com/jD6Q1eaui2
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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at a Dutch-French service in Arromanches:
https://twitter.com/KHtweets/status/...309760/photo/1

The world leaders are taking photos at Château de Bénouville. Elizabeth II, Margrethe II, Harald V, Henri, Willem-Alexander and Philippe. Obama, Putin, Hollande, Merkel, Australian PM Abbott. Couldn't identify the others.

Image of the group: https://twitter.com/theroyalforums/s...80054237728768

Queen Elizabeth, while still going for her age, is unfortunately looking/moving her age. Queen Margrethe almost took out Grand Duke Henri rushing around the stairs to get in position.
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It's funny and/or disturbing how Obama and Putine "used" the two Queens (Elizabeth and Margrethe) to avoid any contact.
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On June 6th 2014 it will be 70 years ago that operation overlord started. This will be commemorated in Normandy, France.

Confirmed guests thus far:

- Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip;
- King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima;
- King Philippe and Queen Mathilde

It is likely that the reiging couples of Belgium, Norway and Luxembourg will also attend the event, as well as heads of state and representatives of the other Allied powers.

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I've just seen on CNN Queen Margrethe, King Harald, Grand Duke Henri, and, I believe, Prince Albert arriving for lunch with President Hollande of France. I assume they will also attend the event then.
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What name did The Prince of Wales give the bell during the service at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Bayeux?
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I've just seen on CNN Queen Margrethe, King Harald, Grand Duke Henri, and, I believe, Prince Albert arriving for lunch with President Hollande of France. I assume they will also attend the event then.
Prince Albert of Monaco is there. Considering he is at the leaders lunch, I would assume he will attend the official ceremony at Sword Beach this afternoon. The others all had their attendance confirmed officially by their respective courts.

Queen Elizabeth and Queen Margrethe are flanking President Hollande at the head table for the lunch. Obama is sitting next to Queen Elizabeth, while Putin is next to Queen Margrethe. The Duke of Edinburgh is next to Prince Albert.
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