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Anne, Edward and Sophie hold video-calls with World War II veterans


The Princess Royal and the Earl & Countess of Wessex have held a number of video-calls with World War II veterans to mark VE Day.

With big celebrations being put on hold due to the ongoing public health emergency, the Royal Family have found themselves going virtual, ensuring that the spirit of VE Day continues to be felt.

Their Royal Highnesses spoke to WWII veterans as part of a Royal British Legion collaboration, with the calls being broadcast on a special Facebook livestream.

Princess Anne spoke to Dorothy Pettican Runnicles who was a Petty Officer during the war.

At the start of their conversation, the Princess realised that she and Dorothy had something in common – they both live in Gloucester.

Dorothy welcomed the Princess Royal to her house, albeit virtually, before reliving her experiences of the war and VE Day 75 years ago.

Also taking part in the initiative was the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Prince Edward spoke to 96-year-old Ada Chell who joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1941.

Ada told the Earl her memories of VE Day, as well as details of her role in the conflict.

The Countess of Wessex meanwhile chatted with Louis Goodwin who joined the RAF aged 18.

Louis told Sophie: “When I joined, I thought the war wouldn’t last that long and I would never get a flight.”

The Countess was interested in what happened 75-years ago, asking Louis how long the party lasted for afterwards.

Louis replied that they partied until around 11pm and had a few drinks, to which Sophie replied: “So it was quite civilised.”