Posted by Niall O'Dowd at 6/2/2009 1:48 PM EDT
We learn with regret that the Queen is deeply upset at her non-invitation to the 65th Anniversary of the Normandy invasion set for June 6th in France.
French leader Nicolas Sarkozy essentially snubbed her highness because, newspapers report, he wanted to hog all the time available with President Obama, the new superhero on the block. Sarky didn't want to be bothered by a dowdy old dowager when he had the shiny new pal called Obama to hang out with.
Not so fast, thundered Prince Charles, I will go if my mother cannot come. But it appeared that Sarkozy, according to the London Times, didn't care a fig for the royal family period.
That is where Obama came in. His press secretary, Robert Gibbs, revealed that Obama was working hard to get an invite for a member of the royal family.
And so it was done. Prince Charles will now attend, but the humiliation of the royals must be evident to all. The leader of their former colony had to step in to get them an invite to an event they felt sure they would be invited to.
But should they? Let us not forget who Queen Elizabeth's uncle was - oh yes, the Nazi-loving Edward VIII who married the divorcee Wallis Simpson.
As Wikiepedia notes "In 1937, the Duke and Duchess visited Nazi Germany, against the advice of the British government, and met Adolf Hitler at his Obersalzberg retreat. The visit was much publicised by the German media. During the visit the Duke gave full Nazi salutes."
Good show. The Royal Family Nazi sympathies were well known. Prince Philip, Elizabeth's husband, had sisters who married German Nazi sympathizers and he was suspected of liking them too.
So all in all, Lizzie at the Normandy party is not unlike the skunk at the school shindig.
Charles is a definite improvement, but the real heroes, the British who fought tyranny and fascism, are those who should be remembered, not a family riven with Nazi sympathies.