VE Day: Queen Elizabeth II delivers message to commemorate the end of World War Two in Europe

May 9, 2020 by

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth honoured those who died in World War Two on Friday as she marked the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, using the occasion to say she was proud of how the public had responded to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a televised message, the 94-year-old monarch said those who had served during the conflict with Nazi Germany in the 1940s would admire how their descendants were coping with the COVID-19 outbreak and the lockdown imposed to curb its spread.

Elizabeth, who delivered her address exactly 75 years to the hour after her father George VI gave his victory speech to the nation, was a teenager during the war and as a member of the women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, she learned to drive military trucks and become a mechanic.

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