Aug. 15, 2020, was the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day in 1945.
The day that ended WWII, VJ Day was marked in 2020 by services, tributes, and acts of remembrance. The Royal Family was at the forefront of the commemoration effort in the U.K. Here's how they paid tribute on Aug. 15.
Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla mark 75th anniversary of VJ Day
On Saturday, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a remembrance service at the National Memorial Arboretum. There, they led a moment of silence, Prince Charles spoke and laid a wreath, and the royals greeted WWII veterans and their families.
On VJ Day 75, Prince Charles also read from King George VI's diary, sharing his grandfather's memories of Aug. 15, 1945. Meanwhile, the Royal Family's social media pages honoured Prince Philip's Royal Navy service, noting his rescue of POWs while aboard the HMS Whelp on VJ Day 1945.
Prince William, Princess Anne, and the Queen mark VJ Day 75
On Aug. 15, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a message accompanied by a video of Prince William speaking for the BBC's VJ Day 75: The Nation's Tribute.
"We must not forget our responsibility to learn the lessons of the past, and ensure that the horrors of the Second World War are never repeated," they wrote. "We owe that to our veterans, to their families, and to the generations who will come after us."
Princess Anne, who was born on the fifth anniversary of VJ Day, spoke with two veterans of the Far East campaign, listening to their memories and thanking them for their service.
And finally, the Queen shared a message with personal memories of Aug. 15, 1945, sending her and Prince Philip's "grateful thanks to the men and women across the Commonwealth, and Allied nations, who fought so valiantly to secure the freedoms we cherish today."
The Queen's message was accompanied by audio of her father King George VI's speech announcing the surrender of Japan in 1945, bringing at end to the war.
Earlier this year, the Royal Family also marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the German surrender on May 8, 1945, which had ended the war in Europe.