08 May 2015

VE Day Beacon Lighting and The Queen's VE Day Memories

At Windsor Castle, The Queen lit the first of 200 beacons marking the 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day. She was accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, and Princess Beatrice of York.
She has developed a fondness for her mother's brooches for war commemoration purposes, hasn't she? Feels entirely appropriate here, as always. (And I'm so happy to see another aquamarine brooch make it into the regular rounds, too!)
This is the start of the weekend's commemorations for Her Majesty; she'll also lead the royal party at a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on Sunday.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

To mark this special 70th anniversary, the palace posted this audio of The Queen's memories of that memorable day - and, or course, that memorable night, when she and Princess Margaret were allowed to leave Buckingham Palace and go out into the crowds.

Video: A BBC recording from 1985
It's quite a lovely listen, isn't it? You will note that VE Day qualified as a tiara occasion, which is perfect. A fictionalized account of that night is now a movie, by the way, called A Royal Night Out (here's the trailer).

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