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The Prince of Wales to lead nation in VE Day remembrance


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The Prince of Wales will be at the forefront of the first royal tributes on the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Prince Charles, joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, will lead a nationwide two minute silence from his home in Scotland.

The tribute will take place at 11am on Friday, May 8th 2020 with millions around Britain expected to join in to remember all those who lost their lives during World War Two. Charles and Camilla, who are currently staying at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate, will take part in the silence which will be the first major moment in a day of commemorations across the country.

The Queen is set to speak to the nation at 9pm on May 8th, exactly 75 years after her father broadcast his victory speech. Her Majesty is currently staying at Windsor where she gave another extraordinary address a month ago, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

There will be other tributes marking three quarters of a century since the Allied victory in Europe. The Prince of Wales is also set to read extracts from his grandfather’s diaries in a special broadcast on the day. Meanwhile, people across Britain have been asked to stand on their doorsteps after the Queen’s speech and sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’ in tribute to the wartime generation.



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