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Queen’s choice of poignant photos and objects to feature in VE Day speech

The Queen chose poignant photos and objects to feature in her VE Day speech marking its 75th anniversary.

Amongst the objects in front of the Queen was a photograph of her father King George VI in his Admiral of the Fleet uniform with RAF Wings as well as Her Majesty’s Auxiliary Territorial Services cap.

On the table behind The Queen was a photograph of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on VE Day, Tuesday 8 th May 1945.

In her speech, the Queen spoke about her memories of that day, saying: “I vividly
 remember the jubilant scenes my sister and I witnessed with our parents and
 Winston Churchill from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

“The sense of joy in
the crowds who gathered outside and across the country was profound, though
while we celebrated the victory in Europe, we knew there would be further

“It was not until August that fighting in the Far East ceased and the
war finally ended.

“Many people laid down their lives in that terrible conflict.

“They fought so we
 could live in peace, at home and abroad.”

Her outfit choice also paid touching tribute to her father, as she wore Boucheron aquamarine and diamond clip brooches given to her on her 18th birthday in 1944 by King George VI.

They Art Deco brooches were displayed publicly at Buckingham Palace during the 2006 Summer Opening exhibition.

They are made of aquamarine and diamonds, and in a typical 1940s design combine baguette, oval and round stones.

The Queen wore the same powder blue dress with the accessories in 2014 during the award ceremony for the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.

It is thought to be one of her favourite pieces of jewellery.

The dazzling brooches can be worn in a number of different ways: as matching clips, on either shoulder.

Her Majesty usually wears them – as she did in her speech – as separate clips, one above the other, on her left shoulder.

Meanwhile, the monarch 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.

The 9pm slot is the same time her father, King George VI, spoke to the country in a radio address on May 8 1945.

In tonight’s address, the Queen said: “I speak to you today at the same hour as my father did, exactly 75 years ago.

“His message then was a salute to the men and women at home and abroad who had sacrificed so much in pursuit of what he rightly called a “great deliverance”.

“The war had been a total war; it had affected everyone, and no one was immune from its impact.

“Whether it be the men and women called up to serve; families separated from each other; or people asked to take up new roles and skills to support the war effort, all had a part to play.

“At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain.

“But we kept faith that the cause was right – and this belief, as my father noted in his broadcast, carried us through.”


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