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Queen to make VE Day broadcast ‘very personal’ as she shares ‘unique’ memories of WW2

The Queen is set to address the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8. It will be shown on the BBC at 9pm, the same hour that her father, King George VI, made his radio address marking victory in Europe. Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams revealed to the broadcast may be more “personal” than we are used to from the monarch.

He said: “The Queen is the last surviving head of state who served in the war.

“It was with the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and the memories she has, she will share.

“What I think she will do is to make it a personal broadcast.

“That is that she’ll share the personal memories of going out into the crowd.”

Mr Fitzwilliams continued: “We’ll see the documentary footage, see the King and Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the princesses.

“They came out apparently many times and Churchill also appeared.

“A lot of this footage is fascinating and some of it is known.

“She’ll make it very personal, and also look back and link obviously the victory then to what we sincerely hope will be a victory now.”

The royal expert added: “This is a crisis where you need symbols of national unity.

“This is where the institution comes into its own.

“The Queen has a perspective here which is completely unique.”

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VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day celebrates the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender in World War II.

To commemorate the anniversary, a three-day international celebration was organised from May 8 to May 10.

However, due to the pandemic, there will be no street parties, parades or concerts this year.

Many events have had to be either cancelled or moved into the virtual space.

Other senior royals are expected to make online appearances to commemorate the special day.


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