Published On: Tue, Aug 4th, 2020

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Prince Philip is to feature in a poignant photo montage honouring World War 2 veterans on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, which remembers the surrender of Imperial Japan and the end of the global conflict in 1945. Like the other WW2 veterans honoured with this montage, the Duke of Edinburgh will be pictured with an image of himself from their time in service. This tribute is to be broadcasted on large screens scattered across the country. 

Prince Philip, who is currently staying at Balmoral Castle with the Queen, was in the eye of the storm on VJ Day.

The Duke graduated from Dartmouth as a member of the Royal Navy upon the outbreak of WW2 and spent the following five years on active duties.

In 1944, the Queen’s future husband moved on to the destroyer HMS Whelp, where he remained until January 1946.

On August 15 1945, the Duke was on board for the signing of the Japanese surrender. 

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Prince Philip will play a key role in the commemorations for the anniversary of VJ Day (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Philip graduated from Dartmouth as a member of the Royal Navy upon the outbreak of WW2 (Image: GETTY)

Prince Philip won’t be the only member of the Royal Family to play a key role on the anniversary of VJ Day.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are to lead the UK in a national moment of remembrance and thanksgiving for all those who served in the Far East.

Just like they did on May 8, on the anniversary of VE Day, the royal pair will hold a two-minute silence.

This solemn event will be broadcasted and included in a special televised ceremony. 

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Prince Philip and the Queen married in November 1947 (Image: GETTY)

In May, Charles and Camilla stepped outside of their home in Balmoral to honour the sacrifice of veterans and soldiers who lost their lives on the European front.

This month, the future King and the Duchess are commemorating soldiers and honouring veterans at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Unlike the VE Day anniversary, which fell at the height of the lockdown, these commemorations will see a number of veterans attending key events. 

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Prince Philip stepping out of Windsor Castle in July (Image: GETTY)

Albert Wills, 93, who served in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Indefatigable, will be present at the service to pay their respects to their fallen comrades and to represent the surviving veterans of the war in the Far East still alive in the UK today.

The service will also feature music provided by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

The two-minute silence will be followed by a stunning flypast featuring the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The second-in-line to the throne, Prince William, is also to take part in ‘VJ Day 75: The Nation’s Tribute,’ a special programme filmed at Horse Guards Parade to be broadcasted on BBC One.   

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Prince Charles and Camilla led the country on May 8 in the commemorations for the VE Day anniversary (Image: GETTY)

While European countries usually focus their attention on VE Day and commemorate the end of WW2 in the continent, the UK is determined to pay a special tribute to those who fought in the Far East.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “VJ Day is sometimes seen as the forgotten victory, but this year, on its 75th anniversary, our celebrations are rightly focused on paying special tribute to the Greatest Generation and their service and sacrifice in the Far East.

“I will be thinking of the unique hardships faced by those who served, and thanking them for all they did for us.

“The partnerships forged during the Far East campaign continue to thrive today. 

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Prince Philip and the Queen arrived at Balmoral Castle yesterday (Image: EXPRESS)

“It’s a unique honour for me as Defence Secretary to meet Second World War veterans in person at important commemorations such as these.

“As a former Army officer, I understand just how much today’s troops are inspired by those who came before them.

“I am proud we have put together such a full programme of events and look forward to paying tribute to our amazing Asia pacific war veterans.”

Similarly, Prime Minister Boris Johnson highlighted the importance of remembering veterans and the fallen in Asia. 

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Prince Philip was on board of the HMS Whelp for the signing of the Japanese surrender (Image: GETTY)

He said: “When the Second World War ended 75 years ago with the surrender of Japan, British soldiers, sailors and airmen were serving in the Far East, fighting hard to achieve victory – and were among the last to come home.

“On this anniversary I want to remember what we owe the veterans of the Far East campaign.

“They brought an end to the Second World War, they changed the course of history for the better, liberated South East Asia, and many paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“That’s why on this remarkable anniversary – and every day hereafter – we will remember them.”    



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