The 6th June 1944, despite what Mr Spielberg may imagine, was, by a small margin, a British and Canadian event. That is to say, of the invasion force, some 53% were Brits and Canucks, some 46% were Septics and less than 1% 'others'. Including three or four Frenchies in a mixed Commando unit. In fact, more Poles landed on the shore of Normandy on 6th June than Frenchies.
So no surprise then that the Queen, as Head of State of both Britain and Canada, should not be invited to attend. Unlike Sarkozy and Obama, she actually served in the military in WWII. And her family home was bombed, whilst Msr. Sarkozy's forebears were no doubt pimping for the Gestapo in Sardinia.
Of course that dribbling idiot Gordon Brown has muscled himself in, two days after his political death. There he will stand, rendolent of failure, the UK's worst ever Prime Minister, whilst Sarkozy and Obama edge warily away from him in case it may be catching, a spectre at the feast.
Our veterans want someone, anyone, that they can march past for the last time in their lives and salute. The most junior subaltern would do, I suspect, so long as he carried the mark of the Queen's commission. But I do so hope beyond hope that one of our serving Field Marshals turns up uninvited in full rig and jumps up on the podium to take the salute of the last of the men who were ready to lay down their lives to rid Europe of Nazism.