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Saturday, 18 May 2024 – 10:45

UK marks 75th anniversary of VE Day

The UK is marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, although from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

On this day in 1945, then-Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill announced that the war in Europe had come to an end after Nazi Germany unconditionally surrender. The day has been named VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) and remembered every year since.

This year’s events to mark the historic day will be limited due to the lockdown prompted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Events are still taking place throughout the day, but public gatherings have been cancelled.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will lead a two-minute silence at 11:00 BST to honour all servicemen and women during World War Two. An address from the Queen is also expected at 21:00 BST this evening and will be broadcast on BBC One.

To find out ways we can continue to pay tribute to the Second World War generation during the lockdown, visit


Photo: VE Day Celebrations in 1945

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