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The Duke of Edinburgh to take part in VJ Day commemorations

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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The Duke of Edinburgh will take part in the UK wide national commemorations planned for the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Prince Philip will feature in a special moment focused on the veterans of World War Two as the Royal Family lead events marking the anniversary.

The Duke, who is now 99, was on board HMS Whelp in Tokyo Bay in August 1945 when the Japanese surrender was signed. Three quarters of a century on, he will be part of a montage paying tribute to the veterans of the conflict and remembering all those who did not return. Philip, like all the veterans featured, will be shown alongside an image of himself during the War.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will lead the commemorations. At 11am on August 15th, Charles and Camilla will take part in a two minute silence at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. They will be joined by a number of World War Two veterans at the memorial who will honour their comrades who died. The  Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will perform a flypast following the two minute silence.

The Duke of Cambridge will honour all those who fought in World War Two during a special BBC One programme that will be broadcast the same day. ‘‘VJ Day 75: The Nation’s Tribute” was filmed at Horseguards Parade and will see William give an address, offering thanks and tributes.

VJ Day falls on August 15th and marks the formal end of all hostilities during World War Two.

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