08 May 2020

VE Day 75th Anniversary Address

The Queen gave an address to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The address aired exactly 75 years after her father King George VI's address marking the end of World War II in Europe.
Royal Family screencap

The items surrounding The Queen are often directly tied to her message, and that was certainly true for the background to today's touching speech: a portrait of her father in uniform, the cap from her Auxiliary Territorial Service uniform, and a photograph of the Royal Family and Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on VE Day.

The Queen's ATS cap
Royal Family

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The Queen's choice of brooch for this address also reached back to that time; the Aquamarine Clip Brooches were a gift in 1944. (It's big return for the Clips, which have fallen off in sightings sharply in the last two years.) Her mother, Queen Elizabeth, chose aquamarines on VE Day, wearing the Aquamarine Art Deco Brooch on the balcony.