As the country remains in lockdown due to the coronavirus, a two-minute silence to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory of Europe(VE) Day was held.
At 11:00 BST the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall led the silence to honour servicemen and women during World War Two, and later the Queen will address the nation.
As prompted by the coronavirus there will be no large-scale street parties and parades in this year`s celebration. Public gatherings have been cancelled though events are taking place all day. The Prime Minister thanked the VE Day generation, saying “our gratitude will be eternal”.
The Royal Air force display the Red Arrows marked the occasion with a fly-past over London, while RAF Typhoon jets flew over Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson lit a candle in Westminster Abbey ahead of the commemorations. He referred to the virus outbreak in a message, saying it “demands the same spirit of national endeavor” as shown during the wartime. He and the Dean of Westminster socially distanced at a Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
On 8 May 1945, Victory in Europe (VE) Day, Britain and its Allies formally accept Nazi Germany`s unconditional surrender after almost six years of war. At 15:00, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced on the radio that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany`s surrender the day before.
Mr Johnson wrote to surviving veterans and told them, despite the ongoing lockdown due to coronavirus, their efforts to topple a “ruthless enemy” would “always be remembered”.