VJ Day 75th Anniversary

The British and Japanese Royal Families presided over the VJ (Victory in Japan) Day 75th Anniversary Commemorations on August 15th, marking the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second Word War. Royals Families from around Europe presided over the VE Day 75th Anniversary in May.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan attended a memorial ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, and the  Emperor expressed “deep remorse” of Japan’s wartime activities. 

In Britain, the Duke of Edinburgh featured in poignant montage of veterans shared on social media and on large screens, a powerful re-telling of the story of Victory Over Japan was broadcast on BBC One with tributes led by the Duke of Cambridge, and the Princess Royal spoke with veterans.

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall lead the United Kingdom in a national moment of remembrance and thanksgiving for all those who served in the Far East. The Prince lead a two minute silence at 11am at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire as part of a special televised service, and then gave a speech.

King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands and Prime Minister Rutte attended the national commemoration of the capitulation of Japan at the Indisch Monument in The Hague.

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