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Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to visit Normandy

Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to visit Normandy
5 Feb 2014

Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh are to visit Normandy this year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The royal couple will arrive in France on 6 June - the date the assault was launched in 1944 - where they will be greeted by president Francois Hollande. 

As well as the royal visit, there are a wide range of other events taking place in Normandy to mark the occasion, including historical re-enactments, firework displays, military processions, concerts and new museum openings.

D-Day was a huge turning point in the Second World War, as tens of thousands of Allied troops crossed the Channel and secured the beaches of northern France, which had been under German control. 

This gave the Allies a foothold in mainland Europe and signalled the beginning of the end of German occupation. 

2014 also marks 100 years since the start of the First World War, so it's a tremendously important time for all those who lost friends and family during the conflicts of the 20th century. 

Locations and attractions across the commonwealth and the USA will be marking the anniversary, including:

The Imperial War Museum, London 

The IWM in London is creating a series of new galleries exploring the conflict, which will open in July. These will feature artefacts such as weapons and uniforms, diaries, letters, souvenirs, photographs, art and film. 

There will also be immersive exhibits to put visitors into the heat of battle, including a recreated trench, complete with a realistic soundscape.

The German History Museum, Berlin

Beginning on 6 June, the German History Museum in Berlin will explore the Great War using perspectives from 15 specially chosen locations, including Berlin, Brussels, Petrograd and Verdun.

It will look at the invention of new weapons to cause mass casualties such as aircraft bombs and poison gas, and explore why so many Germans supported the conflict, which was triggered by the murder of one man: the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.ADNFCR-408-ID-801690434-ADNFCR

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