Queen sends message of condolence to Dame Vera Lynn's family
The Queen talks to Lady Vera Lynn at Earl's Court. (Getty Images)
The Queen should send a private condolences message to Lady Vera Lynn's family after her death, Buckingham Palace said.
The monarch quoted Dame Vera's best-known song "We Meet Meet Again" in her message to the nation in April, when she turned to the UK and the Commonwealth about the coronavirus pandemic.
Lady Vera died in the early hours of Thursday morning, her family confirmed. She was 103 years old.
The queen's message comes after a public tribute to her son Charles and his wife Camilla, who shared photos of it with the singer on social media.
From the Clarence House report, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall simply wrote: "Remembering Lady Vera Lynn."
The lady was known as the "Armed Forces Treasure" during World War II.
The singer entertained troops with moral-enhancing visits to the front during the conflict.
Her family said in a statement that she was "deeply sad to announce the death of one of the most popular British entertainers at the age of 103".
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with singer Dame Vera Lynn, the Armed Forces Treasure, to mark the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. (Getty Images)
Prince Charles, with Dame Vera Lynn at the 'Not Forgotten Association' at St. James's Palace in 2006. (Getty Images)
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Dame Vera was born in East Ham, London and became famous when she appeared for troops in countries such as Egypt, India and Burma during the war.
Her best known songs include The White Cliffs Of Dover and There’ll Always Be An England.
Lady Vera published her own message of hope when she turned 103.
She said: “We are facing a very challenging time at the moment and I know that many people are worried about the future.
"I am very encouraged that despite these struggles we have seen people who have come together.
“They support each other, reach into their neighbors' houses by offering help to older people, sending messages of support and singing on the streets.
“Music is so good for the soul, and in these difficult times we all have to help each other to find moments of joy. Keep smiling and keep singing. "
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The Queen, 94, quoted her in the April speech, saying "I'll see you again" to lift people's spirits.
She said: “We should console ourselves that we can endure even more, but better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be back with our families; we'll meet again. "
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