Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, and More Royals Mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

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Even amid the ongoing pandemic, the royal family has found a way to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day—the date the marked the end of WWII in Europe.

For Prince Charles and Camilla, that meant laying a wreath and flowers at the Balmoral War Memorial and leading a two-minute silence. (All of this was done while observing social distancing recommendations, of course.)

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Clarence House also released audio from both Charles and Camilla. The Duchess reading excerpts from her father Major Bruce Shand's account of his time in the armed forces during the war. (Listen to that here.) Shand was held as a prisoner of war by the Germans, but eventually escaped and returned to the UK. And for his part, Charles read from his grandfather King George VI’s diary, in which he described VE Day.

Queen Elizabeth also released a recording, but hers detailed her own recollection of VE Day. The then-Princess was 19 years old at the time, and even 75 years later, she has a vivid memory of that day. Later on today, the Queen is set to deliver an address in honor of the anniversary of VE Day.

But that isn't all. The Duke of Kent, the longtime president of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, wrote an article about the importance of remembrance. Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a sweet post about the Queen's experience of VE Day, noting that she served full-time as a mechanic in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the war—and teasing that there's more to come. "Members of The Royal Family, including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will mark the day — keep an eye on our feed, and on @TheRoyalFamily for more later today," they wrote.



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