Her Majesty And D-Day : Fact Checking

June 7, 2009 at 10:21 am

Whilst it is disgraceful that Her Majesty was not invited to the commemorations in Normandy to honour the heroes of “Obama Beach”, it is interesting to note one fact-ette.

The Queen is constantly being referred to as the only current head of state who was in uniform and served during WWII. The latest observation of this untruth was spoken by Andrew Neil on the BBC today. Odd that unusually the reliable BBC fact-checking department slipped up here (sarcasm = off).

Because unfortunately it happens to be false. Step forward (or should that be goose-step forward) Pope Benedict XVI, lately of the Hitler Youth and member of an anti-aircraft unit 1944-1945.

Just saying, that’s all.