In Pictures: Through the years with forces’ sweetheart Dame Vera

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Dame Vera Lynn, who won the hearts of the nation during the Second World War by singing to British troops, is celebrating her 103rd birthday.

Born in East Ham, east London, she rose to popularity with her patriotic songs, including The White Cliffs Of Dover and There’ll Always Be An England – and earned the nickname The Forces’ Sweetheart.

DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 Vera Lynn
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 Vera Lynn
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 VERA LYNN
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 VERA LYNN
Dame Vera Lynn at 90
Dame Vera Lynn at 90
Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 Dame Vera Lynn
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 Dame Vera Lynn
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 Imperial War Museum Exhibition
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 Imperial War Museum Exhibition
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 Dame Vera Lynn Dunkirk
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 Dame Vera Lynn Dunkirk
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 Spitfire Vera Lynn
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 Spitfire Vera Lynn
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 World War II 60th Anniversary
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 World War II 60th Anniversary
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 60th anniversary of VJ Day – Imperial War Museum
DAME VERA LYNN AT 90 60th anniversary of VJ Day – Imperial War Museum
Forces sweetheart Dame Vera turns 90
Forces sweetheart Dame Vera turns 90
Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn book signing – London
Dame Vera Lynn book signing – London
O2 Silver Clef Awards 2010 – London
O2 Silver Clef Awards 2010 – London
Dame Vera Lynn 100th birthday
Dame Vera Lynn 100th birthday