Dame Vera Lynn is well known for singing songs such as We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover. She entertained veterans during World War II.
Vera revealed she had never owned a credit card and her most extravagant purchase was a mink fur coat that cost £1,000 in the 1950s. Today this would equate to around £9,500.
Broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted: “Oh no…. what terribly sad news. Dame Vera Lynn has died, aged 103. A magnificent woman who rallied our country when we most needed it.
“The Forces Sweetheart. The Nation’s sweetheart. RIP.”
Boris Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds tweeted that Dame Vera’s death was “very sad”, adding: “Will be playing her music here today. RIP.”
In her life Vera, who was born on 20 March 1917, was married once, to a man named Harry Lewis, a clarinetist and saxophonist.
They had only one child, Virginia. Harry sadly died in 1998.
Vera lived next door to her daughter in Sussex.
Dame Vera was honoured in a number of ways for the work.
She was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the Classic Brit Awards 2018.
A portrait of her hands in the Royal Albert Hall.
Additionally, she was given a official British Honours such as the War Medal, the Burma Star, and became a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for entertainment and charity.
She became a dame at the 1975 Birthday Honours.