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Queen Elizabeth Takes The Nation Back To 1945 During VE Day Speech

Queen Elizabeth II, who was then Princess Elizabeth, began the war as a young schoolgirl but ended it in uniform as a junior commander with the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

Queen Elizabeth II has hailed UK’s approach to combatting the coronavirus pandemic as she flashed back to Britain’s sacrifices during the Second World War on the 75th anniversary of VE day. In her address, the Queen paid tribute to the generations of both 1945 and 2020 in a pre-recorded televised address which was made right from Windsor Castle.

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“When I look at our country today and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire,” the Queen said in a broadcast at 9 pm, same time as her father King George VI’s addressed the nation on 8 May 1945.

It started with a black-and-white video of the king saying: “Let us remember the men of all the services and the women in all of the services who have laid down their lives. We have come to the end of our tribulation and they are not with us at the moment of our rejoicing.”

Queen Elizabeth II, who was then Princess Elizabeth, began the war as a young schoolgirl but ended it in uniform as a junior commander with the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

“At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain,” the Queen said in her message, sitting next to a photograph of her father in Windsor Castle.

“But we kept faith that the cause was right – and this belief, as my father noted in his broadcast, carried us through. Never give up, never despair – that was the message of VE Day.

“I vividly remember the jubilant scenes my sister and I witnessed with our parents and Winston Churchill from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

“The sense of joy in the crowds who gathered outside and across the country was profound, though while we celebrated the victory in Europe, we knew there would be a further sacrifice.”

From the black-and-white footage, we saw the famous Buckingham Palace balcony moment when the Queen, her family and Sir Winston recognised the crowd.

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The Queen noted that “Many people laid down their lives in that terrible conflict. They fought so we could live in peace, at home and abroad. They died so we could live as free people in a world of free nations.”

“Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish. Instead, we remember from our homes and our doorsteps. But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other.”

Immediately after the broadcast, everyone was invited to open doors and windows and take part in sing-a-long of Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime anthem “We’ll Meet Again”.

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