London, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- Prince Charles, heir to the British crown, presided over the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of what is known as VJ Day.
This day commemorates Japan’s surrender, thus ending World War II in 1945.
The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, took part in a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, where a two-minute silence was observed for those who died in the war.
Prince Charles laid a floral offering in front of the memorial, while a small number of veterans and their families watched from seats spread out across the garden to maintain distances.
In a recorded message, Queen Elizabeth II, who is at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland, thanked those who fought bravely.
“Those of us who remember the conclusion of the Far East campaign, whether on active service overseas, or waiting for news at home, will never forget the jubilant scenes and overwhelming sense of relief,” the monarch recalled.
Prince Philip, 99, was a young Royal Navy officer, travelling aboard a warship in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered.
He was included in the VJ Day photo montage showing British veterans, a special appearance as Prince Philip has only been seen in public on a few occasions since he retired from official duties in 2017.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was also present at the ceremony, thanked those who fought to restore peace and prosperity.
Johnson also contributed a video thanking the veterans, along with other world leaders such as US President Donald Trump.
“Unable to celebrate the victory in Europe, and among the last to return home, today we recognise the bravery and ingenuity of those who, in the face of adversity, restored peace and prosperity to the world,” said Johnson.
Victory Day over Japan on 15 August 1945 brought an end to the global fight, which resulted in thousands of casualties for the United Kingdom.
There were an estimated 71,000 deaths in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, including more than 12,000 prisoners of war killed by the Japanese.
Also, it is believed that over 2.5 million Japanese civilians and military personnel died in the war. EFE-EPA