The Royal Family Marks 75th Anniversary Of VJ Day: See The Tributes Here
On the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, the Royal Family led the way with tributes to veterans and the endless sacrifices made during the Second World War. Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla attended a service of remembrance, Prince William spoke as part of a BBC broadcast, and the royal social media pages shared tributes throughout the day. Read on to see them all.
Aug. 15, 2020, was the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day in 1945.
The day that ended WWII, VJ Day was marked in 2020 by services, tributes, and acts of remembrance. The Royal Family was at the forefront of the commemoration effort in the U.K. Here's how they paid tribute on Aug. 15.
Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla mark 75th anniversary of VJ Day
On Saturday, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a remembrance service at the National Memorial Arboretum. There, they led a moment of silence, Prince Charles spoke and laid a wreath, and the royals greeted WWII veterans and their families.
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Via @clarencehouse "Let us remember all those who never returned, and would never grow old. We pray that their stories will be passed on to the generations of today and tomorrow so that we can learn from their example." - The Prince of Wales Today marks the 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan), the day which ultimately ended WWII. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a national service of remembrance to commemorate the Commonwealth and Allied Forces who fought and died in the Far East during WWII. Their Royal Highnesses led a two minute silence and The Prince of Wales laid a wreath. After the service, TRH met veterans and their families. pa images
On VJ Day 75, Prince Charles also read from King George VI's diary, sharing his grandfather's memories of Aug. 15, 1945. Meanwhile, the Royal Family's social media pages honoured Prince Philip's Royal Navy service, noting his rescue of POWs while aboard the HMS Whelp on VJ Day 1945.
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Did you know that The Duke of Edinburgh was on active service in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered on VJ Day? His Royal Highness recalled his experiences of that historic day in a BBC interview recorded in 1995. You can watch the interview via our link in bio. . His Royal Highness joined the @royalnavy as a cadet in 1939. Following active service during the Second World War in HMS RAMILLIES, HMS VALIANT and HMS WALLACE, he served in HMS WHELP as First Lieutenant. On VJ Day, the Ship's Crew in HMS WHELP helped to recover Prisoners of War. . The Duke features in the @dcmsgovuk 'Then and Now' project, which recognises a small sample of individuals who served and supported the war effort until the victory over Japan. Their images are appearing on big screens across the country to mark today's 75th anniversary of VJ Day. . . . . . #VJDay75 . #VJDay
Prince William, Princess Anne, and the Queen mark VJ Day 75
On Aug. 15, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a message accompanied by a video of Prince William speaking for the BBC's VJ Day 75: The Nation's Tribute.
"We must not forget our responsibility to learn the lessons of the past, and ensure that the horrors of the Second World War are never repeated," they wrote. "We owe that to our veterans, to their families, and to the generations who will come after us."
Princess Anne, who was born on the fifth anniversary of VJ Day, spoke with two veterans of the Far East campaign, listening to their memories and thanking them for their service.
And finally, the Queen shared a message with personal memories of Aug. 15, 1945, sending her and Prince Philip's "grateful thanks to the men and women across the Commonwealth, and Allied nations, who fought so valiantly to secure the freedoms we cherish today."
The Queen's message was accompanied by audio of her father King George VI's speech announcing the surrender of Japan in 1945, bringing at end to the war.
Earlier this year, the Royal Family also marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the German surrender on May 8, 1945, which had ended the war in Europe.