Queen Elizabeth addressed the U.Ok. on Friday evening to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day — her second speech in simply over a month.
In a pre-recorded message from Windsor Citadel that aired at 9 p.m. on BBC One, the Queen stated she spoke “on the identical hour” as her father, George VI, did on Might 8, 1945, when the Second World Battle led to Europe.
“His message then was a salute to women and men at house and overseas who sacrificed a lot,” stated the Queen. “The battle had been a complete battle. It had affected everybody. All had an element to play. Initially, the outlook appeared bleak; the top, distant; the end result, unsure. However we saved religion that the trigger was proper.”
The Queen continued: “By no means quit, by no means despair – that was the message of VE Day.”
Referencing the nation’s present lockdown and the immense dying toll from coronavirus, she stated, “At the moment it might appear arduous we are able to’t mark this particular anniversary as we would need. As a substitute we keep in mind from our houses and doorsteps.
“Once I have a look at our nation immediately and what we’re prepared to do to help…we’re nonetheless a nation these courageous troopers, seamen and airmen would acknowledge.”
The Queen’s handle adopted a BBC primetime particular on VE Day, and comes at a weak time for the U.Ok., which has the second highest dying toll from coronavirus in Europe. Her speech in April, solely the fifth of its sort throughout her whole reign, was seen by 24 million viewers, and ended with the phrases “We are going to meet once more” — a reference to Dame Vera Lynn’s bolstering battle anthem “We’ll Meet Once more.”
On the finish of Friday’s handle, Lynn’s anthem was once more performed, with the nation invited to sing alongside at house.