VE Day 50th Anniversary, 1995

Tomorrow marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, marking the end of the Second World War in Europe, and while the celebrations have been delayed for August, the Queen will give a Speech tomorrow and we are taking a look at the 50th Anniversary celebrations 25 years ago.

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The celebrations began with a Banquet hosted at the Guildhall by the Lord Mayor of London for the Royal Family and Foreign Royal Guests on the evening of May 6th. Click HERE to learn more.

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On the morning of May 7th, the Royal Family and Foreign Royal Guests attended a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Then, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret attended a military march-past and parachute drop at Hyde Park, while the other members of the Family and Royal guests attended a symbolic Heads of State Ceremony, which was followed by Lunch at Buckingham Palace. Royal guests included Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan, Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium, and Princess Shruti of Nepal among Heads of State from around the world.

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On May 8th, the Queen, Queen Mother And Princess Margaret appeared on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace, viewing a concert by Dame Vera Lynn below. In the evening, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family joined the country for a two-minute moment of silence, which was followed by another concert and the Queen lit the first of a series of beacons around the country.

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