Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to mark VJ Day
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is to lead events to mark VJ Day.
The 89-year-old royal is set to attend a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church on August 15 to remember those members of the armed forces who made sacrifices in the Second World War to defeat Japan.
The Queen will also be joined at the service by her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as veterans and former prisoners of war.
Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “It is important that we take this opportunity to pay tribute to the courage and fortitude of all those whose actions led to the final victory of Allied forces in the Second World War.
“This major anniversary is a time to recognise the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives, the veterans who fought, and the prisoners of war and civilian internees who suffered for their country.”
Later in the day, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend an event at Horse Guards Parade, which will include a historic aircraft fly-past – featuring a Spitfire, Dakota, Hurricane and a Royal Navy Swordfish plane as well as a modern RAF Typhoon fighter jet – and a ceremony to mark the laying of the wreath as well as readings and hymns.