The Queen issued a poignant statement before the country fell silent for two minutes to honour the veterans and soldiers who fell during WW2 and contributed to the end of the war. The monarch’s message, shared from her Scottish residence, is deeply personal as it taps into her own memories of VJ Day.
It read: “Today we mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, which brought victory for the Allies and finally marked the end of the Second World War.
“Those of us who remember the conclusion of the Far East campaign, whether on active service overseas, or waiting for news at home, will never forget the jubilant scenes and overwhelming sense of relief.
“Amongst the joy at the end of the conflict, we also remembered, as we do today, the terrible devastation that it brought, and the cost borne by so many.
“Prince Philip and I join many around the world in sending our grateful thanks to the men and women from across the Commonwealth, and Allied nations, who fought so valiantly to secure the freedoms we cherish today.
“May the memory of their sacrifice and bravery remain with us always.”
This statement was deeply appreciated by royal fans on social media, with one praising the monarch for her grace and compassion.
Twitter user Fran Rubin wrote: “As always, Her Royal Highness exudes grace, compassion and genuine enthusiasm in her greeting!
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“Born in Montreal, Canada, I grew up singing ‘God Save The Queen’. I reiterate those lyrics today.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “On behalf of the Commonwealth Nations, we appreciate you Her Majesty for your support to us over the years.
“May you live long!! To Queen and Country!!”
The Queen’s message was shared a few minutes before Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, led the country in commemorating veterans and those who did not return from the Far East in 1945.
The heir apparent to the throne and his wife attended the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, where they listened to moving stories of veterans as well as children and grandchildren of soldiers who have died.
The Prince of Wales also laid a wreath on the Burma To Siam Railway Memorial.
The ceremony finished after Charles delivered a key speech, in which he clearly stated that surviving veterans from the Far East front “are not forgotten”.
He added: “Rather, you are respected, thanked and cherished with all our hearts, and for all time.
“We salute all those who remain among us, and offer our most heartfelt and undying gratitude for those who are gone before.
“Your service and your sacrifice will echo through the ages.”
Among the veterans who served in Japan there is Charles’s father Prince Philip.
Prince Philip had graduated from Dartmouth as a member of the Royal Navy upon the outbreak of WW2 and spent the following five years on active duties.
In 1944, the Queen’s future husband moved on to the destroyer HMS Whelp, where he remained until January 1946.
On August 15 1945, the Duke was on board for the signing of the Japanese surrender.