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One of the most important days in both British and European history, VE Day (Victory in Europe), celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2020.
Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, VE Day or simply V Day, was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.
The term VE Day existed as early as September 1944, in anticipation of victory. On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler, the Nazi leader, committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin. Germany's surrender, therefore, was authorised by his successor, Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz. The administration headed by Dönitz was known as the Flensburg Government. The act of military surrender was signed on 7 May in Reims, France and on 8 May in Berlin, Germany.
The former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries have historically celebrated the end of World War II on 9 May.
The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.
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Depicts a woman holding a newspaper aloft in a crowd of people appearing to smile and cheer and is emblazoned with the word “victory” with rays that echo the anti-aircraft searchlights. Street parties and celebrations erupted after news of Germany’s surrender on 8 May 1945.
The Kings Speech - King George VI Broadcast on May 8th 1945, Victory in Europe (VE) Day: To that, then, let us turn our thoughts to this day of just triumph and proud sorrow, and then take up our work again, resolved as a people to do nothing unworthy of those who died for us, and to make the world such a world as they would have desired for their children and for ours.
JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW
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