Princess Anne Visits Russia To Honour World War Two Veterans

  August 31, 2016 at 11:18 am by

The Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, have attended a commemoration ceremony in the Russian town of Arkhangelsk, on the 75th anniversary of the first Arctic Convoys that provided protection to merchant ships during the Second World War.

During the ceremony at the military cemetery where British and Russian soldiers are buried, Princess Anne spent time meeting with veterans who took part in the Convoys.

“You are a symbol of the shared history between the United Kingdom and Russia. It is so important that we continue to remember and honour that sacrifice made by you, our veterans…you played a crucial role in the victory over Nazism,” Princess Anne said in a speech at the ceremony.

The Arctic Convoys took place between 1941 and 1945, to ensure that supplies were able to reach the Soviet Union during German blockades. Over 3,000 servicemen from the British Navy and their allies died during the Convoys when their ships were attacked by Germany.

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