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The Queen’s VE Day address to the nation

It has been announced that Her Majesty The Queen will address the nation on VE Day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Allied victory against Nazi Germany, marking the end of the Second World War in Europe. The message to the nation will be broadcast on Friday 8th May at 9pm on BBC One.
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The announcement of The Queen’s address came alongside a raft of other commemorations laid out by the Government to help celebrate this historic occasion.

The Prince of Wales will read an extract from King George VI’s diary from 8th May 1945 which describes the momentous events of that day as well as The Royal Family’s numerous appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Members of The Royal Family as well as the Prime Minister and various Government Ministers will take part in video calls with a number of Second World War veterans.

Official commemorations of VE Day will begin at 11am with a national two minute silence and a moment of reflection and remembrance. In line with Government guidance, the original plans for VEDay75 have had to be altered due to the current COVID-19 situation.
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However, that has not stopped other plans and commemorations being made. The following things will all be taking place to mark this historic anniversary:

  • There will be special BBC programming, including extracts from Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech being recreated the mark the moment peace in Europe was announced 75 years ago at 3pm.
  • The Prime Minister will speak of the importance of VE Day.
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury will record a special reflection and prayer for VE Day.
  • Households are encouraged by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to hold a stay at home 1940’s style afternoon tea party complete with homemade bunting, original recipes and games.
  • NHS Volunteer Responders will be deployed to give a number of Second World War veterans a call and provide them with an opportunity to share their stories.
  • The Government and Ancestry are working together to encourage the public to join together in commemorating VE Day by discovering their own connection to the Second World War. From Monday all UK historical records on ancestry.co.uk will be free to the public until Sunday 10th May.
  • LegionScotland and PoppyScotland will broadcast a virtual Service of Remembrance followed by online tributes from a range of performers.
  • A number of commemorative events will also take place across Wales and Northern Ireland.

Immediately following The Queen’s address, the entire nation are being encouraged to throw open their front doors and join in a singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, spoke of the VE Day commemorations, “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the greatest generation that served in combat and on the Home Front during the Second World War. Whilst we now need to celebrate VE 75 in our homes and on our doorsteps, rather than in parades and street parties, I know the nation will come together to mark this historic occasion.”
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It is sure to be a day of national celebration and historic commemorations and Royal Circular will be here to keep you up to date with all the latest developments.


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