The Queen addresses the nation on the 75th anniversary of VE Day



This is London.

His Majesty King George Ⅵ.

Let us remember the men in all the services, the women in all the services who have laid down their lives.

We have come to the end of our tribulations.

And they are not with us at the moment of our rejoicing.

I speak to you today at the same hour as my father did, exactly 75 years ago.

His message then was a salute to the men and women at home and abroad who had sacrificed so much in pursuit of what he rightly called a 'great deliverance'.

The war had been a total war; it had affected everyone, and no one was immune from its impact.

Whether it be the men and women called up to serve; families separated from each other; or people asked to take up new roles and skills to support the war effort, all had a part to play.

At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain.