Prince Charles is to take on a bigger role than previously announced in today’s celebrations marking the 75th anniversary since VE Day. The Prince of Wales is to pay a solemn tribute to those who died during World War 2 and the veterans, which will be broadcasted today by national television and radio stations at 11am.
Standing alongside Camilla, Prince Charles is leading the nation in a two-minute silence from his Scottish home in Birkhall.
Later today, the Prince of Wales will also honour the memory of his grandfather, King George VI, by reading extracts of entries written in the late monarch’s diary on VE Day in 1945.
Among the diary entries chosen, Prince Charles will read the King’s relief that the war in Europe was over, a recollection of the memorable appearances of members of the Royal Family on balcony of Buckingham Palace and his lunch with Sir Winston Churchill.
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Prince Charles continues to take on a bigger role as heir apparent to the throne during this pandemic.
However, the Queen is expected to rally spirits tonight, when her pre-recorded speech will be broadcasted across the country at 9pm.
In her address, the second delivered since COVID-19 took over the country in mid-March, the monarch is expected to share some of her memories of VE Day.
On this day 75 years ago, the Queen and her sister Princess Margaret joined the celebrations by leaving, almost unnoticed, the palace to dance at the nearby Ritz with ecstatic Britons.
During World War 2, the Queen played an active role both in keeping the country’s morale high and in helping to win the conflict.
Aged 14, young Princess Elizabeth delivered a speech to British children to tell them to be brave.
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After turning 19, the future monarch joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).
There, she trained as a driver and mechanic with the rank of Second Subaltern.
Five months later she was promoted to Junior Commander, which was the equivalent of Captain.
Similarly, Princess Margaret became first Girl Guide and later during the war joined the Sea Rangers.
The Queen, Prince Charle and Camilla aren’t the only senior royals to play their part in today’s celebrations.
Other members of the Royal Family are expected to be speaking to veterans via video links to hear their stories and thank them for the sacrifices made during the war.
The day of celebration planned by the Government is also to feature breathtaking flypasts in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland’s capitals.
The Red Arrows will fly over London, and modern RAF Typhoon jets will appear overhead in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
Britons continue to be invited not to leave their homes to avoid spreading coronavirus, but are encouraged to watch the show on TV.