‘War has ended’: Queen Elizabeth shares intimate moments from the end of the second world war

Aug 20, 2022
The Queen has reflected on the end of WWII. Source: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II has shared intimate moments that marked the end of the second world war, including her father, the late King George VI’s broadcast and diary entry from August 16, 1945.

In a series of posts shared on social media, Her Majesty paid tribute to “the British and Commonwealth forces who gave their lives for freedom”.

The Queen began the WWII commemorations with a photo of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth I, and Her Majesty and sister, Princess Margaret, waving as the war had come to an end.

Her Majesty shared a sample from the broadcast address given by her late father, read by a first cousin of the Queen, the Duke of Gloucester.

The Queen also revealed a diary entry from King George, titled “Victory Day”, in which he recalled opening “the first peace time” since 1938. An excerpt from Queen Mary’s diary was also released.

It seems as though maintaining peace and avoiding global conflict is of paramount importance to Her Majesty, who recently donated a large amount to British aid charities helping with the conflict in Ukraine, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

Her Majesty’s son, Prince Charles, recently set out to meet humanitarian groups providing services and aid to the people of Ukraine.

“Joined by Her Majesty Margareta of Romania, The Prince of Wales has visited the Romexpo Donation Centre in Bucharest to see first-hand the excellent response of the Romanian authorities and international and local organisations to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” the Prince’s Instagram account wrote.

“The Romanian Red Cross has deployed volunteers along the border to give out food, water, basic aid items and hygiene products to people in need. Thousands of SIM cards are also being distributed so that people can keep in touch with their loved ones. So far, almost 1 million Ukrainian people have crossed into Romania.

“Thank you to all at the Romexpo Donation Centre, who offer free basic necessities every day, from food to hygiene products, clothing and shoes; as well as social services and counsel.”

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