Tributes are being paid to World War Two entertainer Dame Vera Lynn, who has died at the age of 103.
Her family said in a statement this morning that they were “deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers”.
They added: “Dame Vera Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, passed away earlier today, 18 June 2020, surrounded by her close family”.
Known affectionately as the Force’s Sweetheart, Dame Vera will be best remembered for anthems such as We’ll meet again and White cliffs of Dover, which brought hope and inspiration to millions during the darkest days of the Second World War.
Buckingham Palace has said the Queen is to send a private message of condolence to her family.
The monarch and the singer were born nine years apart and met on many occasions through the decades, sharing a bond due to their wartime experiences.
Her Majesty recently evoked Dame Vera’s sense of hope as she told the nation “We will meet again” in her televised address on coronavirus in April.
Meanwhile Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the iconic performer, tweeting: “Dame Vera Lynn’s charm and magical voice entranced and uplifted out country in some of our darkest hours.
“Her voice will live on to lift the hearts of generations to come.”
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