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Poignant explanation why Queen’s VE Day address is being broadcast at 9pm

At 9pm tonight the Queen will be broadcasting an address to the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

May 8, 1945, was the day the Nazis unconditionally surrendered to Allied forces and ended World War Two in Europe.

There had been hopes of celebrations acros the country to mark the special day in Britain’s history but these have had to be scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

The Queen’s message is part of is part of the scale-back anniversary, which has included a fly-past and a two minute silence at 11am this morning.

Her Majesty has recorded the address in The White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle and is her second broadcast in five weeks, following her national address about the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

It will be shown on BBC One and ITV as well as being broadcast on radio.

The Queen’s message is expected to be a deeply personal one, detailing her own family’s efforts during the war.

Even the timing of the broadcast is significant as it will be shown at the exact same time her father, King George VI addressed the nation on VE Day 75 years ago – 9pm.

In his address he said: “Let us remember those who will not come back, their constancy and courage in battle, their sacrifice and endurance in the face of a merciless enemy.”

Her Majesty is the last surviving head of state who served in World War Two, joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945.

The Queen joined the military towards the end of the conflict and trained as a truck mechanic, serving with the womens’ Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).

And, along with the rest of the country, she celebrated the end of the war.

The Queen and her sister, Princess Margaret, snuck out of the palace to dance in the streets with other people celebrating the end of the war.

Her Majesty’s address will also be streamed on the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub.

The Royal Family’s official social media accounts – @RoyalFamily on Twitter and The Royal Family on  Facebook – are also expected to show the address.

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