The British Monarchists Society

VE Day 75

The British Monarchists Society presents this multi-media platform for you to enjoy the national celebrations of VE Day 75 with a Statement from our Founder, national addresses from Her Majesty, the Queen, and that from her father, King George VI, in 1945, as well as coverage from the Prince of Wales’ and the Duchess of Cornwall’s remembrance commemorations from Scotland. In addition to such Royal contributions, videos of national celebration through music at the Royal Albert Hall, an extra special BBC musical extravaganza from Buckingham Palace in celebration of VE Day 75, and the Royal British Legions Commemorations will feature below. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have also undertaken their contribution to the celebration through remembrance. This event at Balmoral will be featured through photographs taken within a gallery of celebration below.

This 75th anniversary of VE Day is an historic day, not just for the anniversary of Victory in Europe, but as to how we will celebrate in the midst of the current health crisis. Despite social distancing and a nationwide lock-down, celebrations were held across the country, albeit subdued and mostly online. The British Monarchists Society will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe with a large campaign on our social media accounts, and the posting of national celebrations, their timings, and how to watch them.

The Society presents this page not only to celebrate VE Day with our members, patrons and supporters, but to bring a centralised point of celebration – complete with the Queen’s speech, together with the speech of her father King George VI exactly 75 years ago. In addition to these wonderful speeches, we have included photos, celebratory programmes from the BBC, The Royal Albert Hall, and also other videos relating to VE Day and the Queen.

Today as we observe 75 years since Victory in Europe, we witness a moment in history as the Queen will follow the lead of her father, George VI, in celebrating such a momentous occasion as the end of war in Europe, and welcome the long awaited peace unknown to Britain for six terror-filled years. Many of our members, patrons, supporters, and friends have listened to the stories told by their parents and grandparents who took part in the war against the Nazi war machine. From the Blitz, to U-boat warfare, to the strategy of the D-Day invasion, Britain would not be detoured from attaining victory. After six years of bloodshed, death, tears, and rationing, victory was won.

The wartime spirit of our nation that we have been known and admired for lives on as we currently battle something we have not seen before. It is this fighting spirit of yesterday, that has defined us and our actions today. We are all in this together despite not being able to celebrate this historic anniversary together, but as the Queen will rightfully state in her VE Day 75 address, “..when I look at our country today and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire.”

Her Majesty, the Queen’s VE DAY Address: 8 May 2020:

 

His Majesty, King George VI’s VE Day Address: 8 May 1945:

 

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall commemorate VE Day 75 from Balmoral, Scotland:

VE DAY from Buckingham Palace, “The People’s Celebration”:

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC and the Royal British Legion honour and celebrate the Second World War generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, and some of Britain’s favourite performers, including Katherine Jenkins, Adrian Lester, Anton Du Beke, Beverley Knight, Helen George, Sharon D Clarke, Shane Richie and Emma Barton, entertaining us with popular songs of the era. In a fitting finale at 9pm, the nation is asked to unite for a very special rendition of We’ll Meet Again as a gesture of thanks to our veterans and in memory of our loved ones.

 

“We’ll Meet Again”: Dame Vera Lynn and Katherine Jenkins OBE bring the nation together:

VE Day 75 – Live from the Royal Albert Hall with Katherine Jenkins OBE:

International Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins delivers a historic set from an empty Royal Albert Hall auditorium to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. For the first time in its 150-year history, the world-famous Royal Albert Hall plays host to a very special concert behind closed doors. The concert gives the nation a moment to pay tribute to the fallen men and women of the Second World War and salute the country’s VE Day Veterans, many of whom are experiencing uncertainty and isolation. It is also our opportunity to thank the Armed Forces who, alongside the NHS and many others, are coming together to serve the country.

BBC VE DAY 75: The Announcement of Victory:

On 8 May 1945, Sir Winston Churchill broadcast the announcement that the war in Europe was over. To mark the 75th anniversary of this historic and unforgettable event, Sophie Raworth presents a special tribute to the Second World War generation. At the heart of the broadcast is Churchill’s powerful address to the nation, in which he declared ‘we may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing’, leading millions to celebrate the end of the war in Europe. Through stirring military music, moving personal testimony and readings from VIPS and celebrities, all those who fought and contributed to the war effort will be remembered and celebrated.

If you are within the UK, you can access this programme via the BBC iplayer.

The Royal British Legion’s VE Day 75 Commemorations:

Additional Videos in celebration of VE Day: The Queen’s Reflections of VE Day 1945, Sir Winston Churchill’s Address to the nation, the 50th Anniversary of VE Day from Buckingham Palace – led by The Queen Mother:

 

Photo Gallery of celebratory events around the nation for VE Day 75: