The Queen is to deliver an address to the nation early next month – the second such speech to be delivered within the space of a few weeks.
Her Majesty will speak to the UK about VE Day as she leads the nation in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the occasion.
This will be the 94-year-old monarch’s second televised message to the nation this year, having delivered at the beginning of April regarding the ongoing public health emergency.
The upcoming address will air on Friday May 8 at 9pm – the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address on May 8 1945.
The speech will form part of a series of events to mark when Allied Forces claimed victory over Nazi Germany.
More than 24 million people tuned in to watch The Queen’s previous Address to the Commonwealth on April 5.
Speaking to people living all across the globe, Her Majesty said that she recognises we have a long way to go in battling the pandemic, but that we will see better days.
She said: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.“
It is extremely rare for Her Majesty to deliver televised addresses. The upcoming VE Day speech will be only the sixth time The Queen has done so in her reign.