It was announced on Tuesday that the Queen will address the nation on 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), commemorating the end of the Second World War.
VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration will air at 8 May at 8 p.m., opening with a public singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime classic “We’ll Meet Again”, followed by prerecordings from a whole host of people, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Boris Johnson, and other members of the royal family. The Queen’s speech will take place at 9 p.m., which is the exact time her father, King George VI, announced the victory in Europe during his radio address in 1945.
Last year, the government announced that the UK’s early May bank holiday was moved from the 4th to the 8th to coincide with the 75th anniversary, with the expectation of street parties and celebrations for the day. However, as the UK is still battling the COVID-19 outbreak and celebrations are put on hold, the VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration aims to help celebrate the WW2 generation currently in lockdown. “We want to let them know that we have not forgotten the peace that they won for us, that we are thinking of them and that they are not alone,” the BBC said in a statement.
The speech will come just a month after the Queen gave a rare off-calendar address to the nation, expressing her gratitude for key workers and NHS frontline staff and reassuring the UK that “better days will return.”