15 AUG 2015
VJ Day 70th Anniversary
On 15th August 2015, ceremonies were held to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of 'Victory over Japan' (VJ Day) and remember the so-called 'Forgotten Army'. The day started with Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952- ) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) accompanied by Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (b.1964), Sophie, The Countess of Wessex (b.1965), Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester (b.1944) and Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester (b.1946) who all attended a Service in St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London, organised by the Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) Fellowship Welfare Remembrance Association.
A short news film about the VJ70 Service of Commemoration
attended by Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
and other members of the Royal Family
Following the VJ70 Service of Commemoration, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) accompanied by his wife - Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (b.1947) attended a Drumhead Service and Wreath laying ceremony on Horse Guards Parade with a fly-past of four historic aircraft, a Spitfire, Dakota and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and a Royal Navy Swordfish, together with a current RAF Typhoon. This was followed by a reception in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, hosted by The Royal British Legion.
(left to right) - The Rt Hon. David Cameron, The Prime Minister,
Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall
at the VJ70 Drumhead Service on Horse Guards Parade, London
The VJ70 Drumhead Service at Horseguards Parade, London
Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1924-2017) - Mountbatten’s eldest daughter, did much to raise awareness of the VJ70 commemorations and sent a message which was read out at the Drumhead Service. She said - “This 70th anniversary of the real end of World War Two is a good time to show our renewed, sometimes belated, gratitude for what was achieved in South East Asia as well as in Europe. I would like to add my own, and my family’s, warmest wishes and admiration for all the veterans and their families gathered in commemoration”. To read more of her comments and to listen to her discussing about the day - click HERE.
Following the Drumhead Service, The Hon. Timothy Knatchbull (b.1964) - Mountbatten's grandson, accompanied by his wife and children, laid a wreath at his grandfather’s statue on Mountbatten Green, off Horse Guards Parade, London - in memory of the former Supreme Commander SE Asia.