British Royals Attend VE Day Anniversary Thanksgiving Service

  May 10, 2015 at 11:26 pm by

Queen Elizabeth II led the final commemorations for the 70th anniversary of VE Day today during a thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey.

Joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Duke of Kent, Queen Elizabeth laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior just inside the main entrance of the Abbey. Newly re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron was also in attendance.

Over 1,000 war veterans attended the service led by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall. Readings were read by Royal Navy veteran John Wilson, who took part in the Normandy landings in 1944, and Zoe Churchill, the great-great-granddaughter of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Afterwards, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended the veterans march at Horse Guards Parade, where the 1,000 war veterans marched past the couple after walking from the Abbey up through Whitehall. A number stopped to shake hands with both Prince Charles and Camilla, causing the event to run longer than planned (though no one was bothered). The couple later attended a reception organised for veterans by the Royal British Legion.

A fly-past by the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows, who were joined by Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane aircrafts from World War Two, concluded the day’s events.

The fly-past across London to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Horse Guard’s Parade is seen on the bottom right.

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One Response to British Royals Attend VE Day Anniversary Thanksgiving Service

  1. Diana Lucia Zotescu says:

    I am very happy that HM Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Consort Philip and other British Royals led commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the VE Day. I wish the Queen to do the same, in the same Royal company, in five and ten years time.

    Here in my country Romania similar commemorations were organized and held at the Royal Official Residence (Elisabeta Palace) by the Crown Princess Margareta of Romania. She did so on behalf of His Majesty King Michael of Romania (age 94) by hosting a dinner with the veterans and different officials.

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