Royals to stay away from Falklands celebrations, upsetting British vets
This has infuriated forces veterans, who view the move as a failure to acknowledge a campaign in which 255 British troops died, almost a third more than the casualties sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
The MoD said the archipelago's 'unpleasant' and 'chilly' weather during the summer had meant they had decided not to send veterans' minister Derek Twigg. He will stay 8,000 miles away in London.
The absence of the royal family at anniversary events planned for the islands' capital, Port Stanley, has particularly distressed some veterans, given that the Duke of York saw active service as a Sea King helicopter pilot during the conflict.
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Suzanne G. Bowles - 1/24/2007
Where is the evidence that the Queen did not support the war? In any case, Princess Anne & her husband were just in the Falklands.
Lorraine Paul - 1/24/2007
The Queen usually accepts the advice and direction from her government. If she had been asked to go, she would have.
Further, the Queen was never an admirer of Thatcher, and certainly did not support the Falklands war.
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