Keyword: Queen Elizabeth II

Uncovered: the neurosis of Prince Philip, made in France

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The British Queen Elizabeth II is in France for the D-Day commemorations, in what may prove to be her last trip to the country. At her side as usual – or rather, two paces behind – is her consort Prince Philip. Mediapart's Antoine Perraud takes a look at Philip's close connections with France as a child and comes up with a theory about why the gaffe-prone consort behaves and talks as he does. According to this theory Prince Philip has sought – not always entirely successfully – to suppress his colourful and varied family roots in order to conform to the demands of the British monarchy. And now, argues Perraud, Prince Philip has himself become a symbol of a once diverse and dynamic Europe that has lost its way.

D-Day anniversary: British Queen honours France's war dead in Paris

UK monarch joins French president François Hollande in laying floral tribute at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe.

World leaders arrive in France for D-Day celebrations

Around 400 separate events will be held as American, Russian and British heads of state are among those marking 70th anniversary of landings.

France dusts down elderly Renault for Queen Elizabeth's hat

The only high-roof limousine available to fit the hat-wearing queen on her state visit to France next week is a mothballed old Renault.