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Just months before the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, tension between the United Kingdom and Argentina is mounting over the status of the South Atlantic archipelago.

The historic war erupted in 1982 between the two nations when Argentine forces invaded the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and occupied the regions.

This resulted in a conflict that lasted 74 days when the British government dispatched a naval task force to regain its control over the region. Argentine forces finally had to give up their control over the islands to the British government.

The conflict stemmed from a long-standing dispute over the sovereignty of the islands with Argentina strongly asserting that the islands were Argentinean territory since the 19th century.

The dispute had a deep impact on Britain and Argentina over the years and played an important role in the culture of both the countries.

In the past few weeks, tension between the two countries has escalated following the deployment of one of the Royal Navy's most powerful warships in the area. This is particularly so after the deployment of Prince William to the region on a six-week tour of duty with his RAF Search & Rescue Squadron.

The Telegraph has reported that Argentina's foreign ministry has suggested that the Duke has arrived as a "conqueror", while Navy sources have warned Buenos Aires that its entire air force would be wiped out if it tried any misadventure.

Historic images from the war: