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Kate and Prince William first royals to mark 75th VE Day anniversary with poignant message

Kate and Prince William were the first senior members of the Royal Family to mark the memorable anniversary on social media. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to Twitter just after 7am and shared a poignant black-and-white picture showing dozens of ecstatic Britons celebrating the end of World War 2. 

The caption to the picture read: “Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day — 75 years since the guns fell silent at 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. #VEDay75”

Traditionally, the UK celebrates the VE Day anniversary with veteran parades and gatherings.

This year, celebrations are to be reshaped in accordance with the Government guidelines on coronavirus. 

However, Britons will be able to celebrate the day while remaining on lockdown thanks to a schedule packed of events and initiatives organised by the Government.

Members of the Royal Family will greatly contribute in marking the day.

At 11am, Prince Charles will lead the country in paying its respect and tribute to those who have fallen during the war by holding a two-minute silence from his Scottish home in Birkhall. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will stand alongside her husband during this poignant moment.

Later today, the Prince of Wales will be broadcasted reading extracts from the diary of his grandfather, late King George VI.

The late monarch kept a detailed account of his conversations and thoughts during the war.

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Among the extracts that will be read by the Prince of Wales, there are a recollection of the memorable appearances of members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, memories of the King’s lunch with Sir Winston Churchill and an expression of the monarch’s relief that the war came to an end.

Across the day, other royals will contribute to celebrate the efforts and sacrifice of Britons who took part in the war.

Several members of the Royal Family, unable to meet veterans in person, will take part in video calls with them to hear their stories.

These royal contributions to celebrate the day will lead up to the most anticipated event of this anniversary – the Queen’s speech.  

Tonight, the monarch will channel her late father delivering a speech at the same time the King did 75 years ago, at 9pm.

While the content of her speech is to remain a secret for the time being, a royal expert believes the Queen’s national address will be deeply personal and will include her personal memories of the day.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams previously told “The Queen will undoubtedly look back nostalgically to our victory in a War which included a year in which Britain stood alone fighting for freedom. 

“This enhanced its standing immeasurably in the post-imperial era that followed the War, when the Commonwealth was created.

“Without the Queen’s personal commitment to it it might not have survived and I suspect she will give a tribute to the contribution the countries which comprise it made during the War too.

“The broadcast may also have a religious aspect as her faith has characterised her reign.

“She is the world’s best known and longest-reigning monarch and together with Prince Philip, she is in a group which is high risk during this pandemic.”    


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