03 Apr 2015

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and other members of the Royal Family, will attend the Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe on Sunday 10th May at 11.00 am.

The service, which will be broadcast live on BBC ONE, will be attended by veterans and their families, representatives of Allied nations and Commonwealth countries who fought alongside Britain in the conflict, and senior government and military representatives.

The service will be followed by a parade from the Abbey to Horse Guards Parade, passing the balcony of HM Treasury in Whitehall where Sir Winston Churchill made his historic appearance before the crowds on VE Day. The parade will be made up of veterans and serving personnel from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, and representatives of civilian services.

The service is part of a series of commemorative events for VE Day taking place across the UK from 8-10 May. Attendance at the Abbey service is by invitation - though veterans aged 85 and over, and their carers, can apply for tickets through the Royal British Legion.

See also

War and the Abbey 1939 - 1945

Special Service listing

VE Day Bells

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