Lord Speaker Lord Fowler said: “Even in these uncertain times, it is important that we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of Nazism and hostilities in Europe.
“Millions of service men and women, as well as civilians, died in World War II. We must never forget them. Their personal sacrifice has given us a better future.”
The President’s tributes were followed by a special wreath-laying service at Westminster Hall, led by the President’s chaplain, the Reverend Tricia Hillas, coinciding with the silence. A Band of the Scots Guards trumpeter sounded the last message.
The Queen addressed the nation on May 8, delivering a special televised message to mark the occasion. His speech on the importance of Victory Day was delivered from Windsor Castle at 9 p.m., the same time his father, King George VI, gave a radio speech in 1945.
Following the Queen’s speech, a Vera Lynn chant of ‘We Will Meet Again’ took place, which, according to the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport, was designed to “allow members of the public to remember and thank the generation of WWII. “. The lyrics to Lynn’s song were echoed in the Queen’s televised coronavirus speech.
The Prince of Wales read an excerpt from George VI’s diary of May 8, 1945, which describes the day victory in Europe was declared.
Other royals participated in video calls with WWII veterans.
The organizers also encouraged the British to decorate their homes in red, white and blue and to organize a “house street party”.
Like many celebrations during the lockdown, events also took place on an online platform, with hundreds taking part in a virtual Victory Day commemoration hosted by the Royal British Legion in Cambridgeshire. Standard bearers from all over the world have filmed themselves lowering their flags.