The UK has come together to pay tribute to those who served in the era-defining global conflict, to remember the end of war in Europe and to mark its 75 years since VE Day, even when forced apart by lockdown.
The Queen said the message of VE Day is “never give up, never despair”, remembering the sacrifices of the Second World War generation in a poignant speech.
She said their lasting legacy “is that countries who were once sworn enemies are now friends, working side by side for the peace, health and prosperity of us all”.
The day began with a national two minute silence at 11am, which gave Britons the opportunity to pause and reflect, remembering the lives lost and sacrifices made in wartime.
Then the RAF’s Red Arrows also roared over parts of the UK, in a special flypast to mark the anniversary.
Following the Queen’s speech, people were invited to open their doors and windows and take part in singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”, which has once again become a symbol of hope for Britons during the coronavirus pandemic.
Victory in Europe, VE Day is celebrated every 8-10 May, since 1945 and today marked it its 75th VE Day.