Dame Vera Lynn has died at the age of 103

Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, has died aged 103.

She had recently celebrated her 103rd birthday.

Dame Vera was best known for hits such as We’ll Meet Again, her rendition of which was hugely popular during the war.

She was also known as the Queen’s favourite singer.

Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1969 New Year Honours “for services to the Royal Air Forces Association and other charities”, she was then advanced to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1975.

For her services to the war effort, she was also awarded the British War Medal 1939-1945 and the Burma Star.

A statement on her death reads: “The family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers at the age of 103.

“Dame Vera Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, passed away earlier today, 18 June 2020, surrounded by her close family.”

She will be sadly missed.

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