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Queen to make special address to the nation for VE Day after events cancelled

The Queen will address the nation to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and Brits will be invited to open their doors and sing Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”.

Plans to mark the occasion, including a veterans’ procession in London, had to be adjusted due to lockdown.

Her Majesty will speak to the country on TV and radio at 9pm on Friday, May 8 – the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945.

As part of the day’s commemorations, Prince Charles will read an extract from his grandfather’s diary from the same date, which describes the day, including the royal family’s iconic Buckingham Palace balcony appearance.

And royals, the Prime Minister and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden will take part in a series of video calls with Second World War veterans who served on the Home Front.

As part of a special day of programming on the BBC, extracts from Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech will recreate the moment peace in Europe was announced 75 years ago at 3pm.

Mr Dowden will call on the public to mark the occasion in their homes, while war veterans will receive calls from NHS Volunteer Responders.

The Government has produced a pack so the public can hold a 1940s-style afternoon tea party at home with homemade bunting, original recipes, games and educational and creative activities for children.

He said: “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.

“In these difficult times, acts of remembrance are even more poignant and I am sure that millions will want to join me to remember and give thanks to those who gave so much to secure peace, freedom and prosperity in Europe.”


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