Yesterday saw the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and we joined in the celebrations with an 1940s inspired afternoon tea. We were due to attend a street party but due to the current situation our plans, along with many others, had to be changed.
Arrangements to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day which were due to take place included street parties, marches and the Royal family gathering on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with thousands joining then to watch a procession down the Mall.
For now, people are finding new ways to commemorate, remember and honour those who took part in WWII.
Our “at home” afternoon tea” included fruit scones, Bakewell slices, carrot cake and egg and cress sandwiches. We also played a CD of The Andrew Sisters to give it a true war time feel. In the evening we watched a concert filmed in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, acts included Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe singing to music played by military bands. It was incredibly well done, especially as they were all following the 2 metre safe distance rule.
I wore a floral tea dress from Marks and Spencer which I’ve had in my wardrobe for a couple of years and seemed perfect for the occasion. I accessorised with a pearl necklace and bracelet to give the look a vintage vibe.
On 8 May 1945, during a broadcast on the radio at 3 o’clock the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, made an announcement that everyone had been waiting for. The war in Europe was finally over following Germany’s surrender. In his speech Mr Churchill said “My dear friends, this is your hour.”
The Royal family have always been central to the British public on days like these. Here is a photo of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth along with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret on one of many balcony appearances on Victory in Europe Day.
We brought out photos of some of our family who were around during the 1940s, I’d love to have spoken to them about their experiences during the war. It’s one thing to hear people’s account on the television of what it was like back then, but it would have been wonderful to listen to my Great Grandparents stories.
I will leave you with an image from Trafalgar Square on 8th May 1945 and what it must have been like for everyone there and in the rest of the country.
Did you celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day? What sort of thing did you do?