The Royals Mark The 75th Anniversary Of VE Day With Amazing Throwback Pictures
The royal family has taken to social media to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the end of World War II. They released a number of stunning throwback pictures to commemorate the day that then-prime minister Winston Churchill announced the war in Europe was over.
Today, Friday May 8, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) and the end of World War II in Europe. 75 years ago today, the then-prime minister Sir Winston Churchill announced that the fighting in Europe was over after Germany unconditionally surrendered.
The royal family was among the first to commemorate the special day on social media, with Duchess Kate and Prince William's Instagram account posting a number of amazing throwback pictures taken on May 8, 1945 in London. We also get a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II in uniform back in 1945.
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Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day — 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. On this day millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones, and to hope for the future. During the war Her Majesty The Queen - then Princess Elizabeth - joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service, where she trained as a mechanic, becoming the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Services as a full-time active member. When the guns fell silent on this day in 1945, Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret joined the jubilant crowds in central London — the future Queen attempted to stay anonymous during the celebrations by pulling her cap down over her eyes. On #VEDay75 Members of The Royal Family, including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will mark the day — keep an eye on our feed, and on @TheRoyalFamily for more later today.
The Queen will speak at 9pm BST
The official Twitter account of the royal family posted a picture of King George VI with an excerpt from the speech he gave on May 8 which you can listen to below. It was also announced on the Twitter feed that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II "will make a special address at 9pm [BST], the exact time her father spoke 75 years ago."
The celebrations for VE Day this year will be quite limited, as the United Kingdom is still in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The BBC will be airing a number of special programmes to mark the day, including a re-broadcast of Sir Winston Churchill's speech on May 8, 1945.
This evening, The Queen will make a special address at 9pm, the exact time her father spoke 75 years ago.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 8, 2020
You can watch here on Twitter or on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK.
Charles and Camilla Led A 2-Minute Silence On VE Day
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also led the nation in a two-minute silence this morning on VE Day. According to Clarence House Instagram, "The Prince laid a wreath and The Duchess placed flowers at the memorial in remembrance of those who died in the Second World War."
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