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WHEN IS VE DAY AND HOW WAS IT CELEBRATED IN 1945?

VE Day falls today, on Saturday, May 8, 2021, and marks a special time in UK’s history, normally commemorated with street parties, parades, and people coming together – but coronavirus restrictions have put a stop to plans for the second year running.

In 1945 a crowd of 50,000 was packed into Piccadilly Circus waving flags. A national holiday was declared and there was dancing in the street and singing.

At 3pm Prime Minister Winston Churchill broadcast from the War Cabinet Office to tell the nation war was over. King George VI also spoke to the nation on the radio, paying tribute to those who “laid down their lives” during the war.

The Royal Family made eight appearances during the day, waving to crowds on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. The two young princesses – Elizabeth and Margaret – even slipped out of the palace to join the crowds.

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