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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles in France for D-Day 70th anniversary

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    French President Francois Hollande, back, looks on as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks to her car after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, June 5, 2014. The commemorations the 70th anniversary of D-Day culminate on June 6, where U.S. President Barack Obama, French president Francois Hollande and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will gather in Normandy to remember the more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded that day. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) (The Associated Press)

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth is accompanied by France's President Francois Hollande as she attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Queen arrived in Paris to start a three-day state visit and participate in ceremonies commemorating the D-day landings in Normandy. (AP Photo/Charles Platiau,pool) (The Associated Press)

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth is accompanied by France's President Francois Hollande as she attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Queen arrived in Paris to start a three-day state visit and participate in ceremonies commemorating the D-day landings in Normandy. (AP Photo/Charles Platiau,pool) (The Associated Press)

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    French President Francois Hollande, right, poses for a photo with Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Queen arrived in Paris to start a three-day state visit and participate in ceremonies commemorating the D-day landings in Normandy. (AP Photo/Yoan Valat, pool) (The Associated Press)

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and other royalty are on a three-day state visit to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy during WWII.

On a rare foreign trip, the 88-year-old queen arrived in Paris on Thursday via the under-Channel train from England. She laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe before heading to a meeting with French President Francois Hollande.

She travels Friday with her husband Prince Phillip to Normandy to commemorate the landings of British and other Allied soldiers on June 6, 1944. The invasion helped pave the way for victory against the Nazis in World War II.

Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Prince William and Princess Kate will also be in Normandy marking the anniversary.