VE Day anniversary events


The Queen will commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a televised address to the nation.

The message will form part of a series of events on 8 May marking the end of World War Two on the continent.

The monarch’s pre-recorded address will be broadcast on the BBC at 21:00 – the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address 75 years ago.

Here are the revised plans due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak:

The Queen will send a message to the nation on Friday 8 May.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will read an extract from King George VI’s diary from 8 May 1945

Members of The Royal Family, the Prime Minister and the Culture Secretary will take part in video calls with Second World War veterans

Churchill’s famous victory speech will be broadcast as part of BBC special programming

A national moment of remembrance will take place with a two minute silence as Culture Secretary calls on the public to mark the occasion at home

Second World War veterans will receive calls from NHS Volunteer Responders

Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow will host history lessons for children from Monday 4 May. At 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Dan will host a History Hit live on YouTube’s Timeline channel that will focus on a different aspect of the Second World War and aim to teach the public about the importance of VE Day.

The BBC will broadcast two special programmes on BBC One to mark VE 75 which will be shown at 14:45 – 15:45 and 20:00 – 21:10

People are being urged to show their support for the commemorations by placing a specially-designed image of a Second World War soldier in their windows.