Today we are playing music of the 1940s, along with other pieces, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of “Victory In Europe” – the end of the the Second World War in Europe.
Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day, was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 (7 May in the British Commonwealth) 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.
Upon the defeat of Germany, celebrations erupted throughout the world. In the United Kingdom, more than one million people celebrated in the streets to mark the end of the European part of the war. In London, crowds massed in Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the palace before the cheering crowds. Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister Princess Margaret were allowed to wander incognito among the crowds and take part in the celebrations.
The picture shows crowds gathered in celebration at Piccadilly Circus, London during VE Day in 1945.
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