Royals join service to mark VE Day

Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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The Royal Family will join around 1,000 military veterans at Westminster Abbey for a special service to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and other senior royals will attend the service of thanksgiving to remember those who sacrificed their lives during the Second World War.

Prime Minister David Cameron will also attend, along with members of the Armed Forces and representatives of the Allied nations and Commonwealth countries that fought alongside Britain.

The service will be led by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr John Hall, while the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Rev Justin Welby will give an address.

Later, a parade of bands, veterans and current servicemen and women will make their way from the abbey along Whitehall – past the balcony where Winston Churchill made a historic speech before vast crowds – before a reception for veterans in St James’s Park hosted by the Royal British Legion, where there will also be vehicles from the 1940s.

The public can watch the ceremony at the abbey from Horse Guards Parade, where they will also be able to see the veterans parade and the changing of The Queen’s Life Guard by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

In the afternoon, there will be a fly-past over central London by the Red Arrows, following a fly-by of aircraft that helped Britain and her Allies win the war – the Lancaster bomber and Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.

Trafalgar Square will also be decked out with bunting and the ensigns of each of the Armed Forces and the Band of the Grenadier Guards will perform music from the era opposite Nelson’s Column.

It is the final day of events being held to mark the anniversary, seven decades after the announcement that Germany had offered the unconditional surrender to the Allies that brought about the end of the war in Europe on May 8, 1945.

More than 580,000 members of the UK and Commonwealth forces lost their lives, along with 67,073 British civilians during six years of conflict.

Church bells rang out around Britain at 11am yesterday , signifying the end to the years they had hung in silence during the war.

A star-studded concert also took place at Horse Guards Parade in London, hosted by the Legion, with performances influenced by the era from Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Status Quo and couples from Strictly Come Dancing.

Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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