WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama believes Britain's Queen Elizabeth II should be included in the upcoming D-Day commemoration ceremonies, the White House said Monday.
"We are working with those involved to see if we can make that happen," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
The apparent decision not to invite the 83-year-old monarch has caused a diplomatic uproar in both Britain and France. The French government has continued to insist that while the queen was not explicitly invited, it is up to Britain to decide who should represent the U.K. during the ceremonies.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown currently is slated to head the delegation.
During World War II, then-Princess Elizabeth worked as a mechanic in the Auxiliary Territorial Service - the women's branch of the British Army.
She ascended to the British throne after her father, King George VI, died in 1952.
This year's D-Day ceremonies mark the 65th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. The successful breach of Hitler's "Atlantic Wall" and subsequent liberation of western Europe hastened the defeat of Nazi Germany.