Victory in Europe Day

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The Queen will commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a televised address to the nation.

The monarch’s pre-recorded address will be broadcast on the BBC at 21:00 – the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address 75 years ago.

The message will form part of a series of events on 8 May marking the end of World War Two on the continent.

The government had moved the traditional early May bank holiday from 4 May to 8 May to allow for events to take place. But social distancing requirements halted those plans, which had included a veterans’ procession and street parties.
Celebrations will now take place in our homes and on our doorsteps to mark this historic occasion.

Official commemorations will begin at 11:00 with a national moment of remembrance and a two-minute silence.

Media broadcasts will be plentiful throughout the day and evening and there is much to discover online and on social media, for example:

Victory in Europe (VE) Day in 1945 marked the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender by Britain and its allies following almost six years of WW2. It saw spontaneous celebrations break out across the country, and the Queen, then

Princess Elizabeth, ventured out with a group of friends, including her sister Princess Margaret, to experience the excitement in London.

HRH The Queen


  • Arranging for the Lord-Lieutenant or one of her Deputy Lieutenants to visit your organisation as a means of acknowledging the work being done.
  • Following a visit by the Lord-Lieutenant, or a Deputy Lieutenant, suggesting how the organisation might be included in the programme of a member of the Royal Family visiting the County.
  • Advising on procedures and nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise or the Elizabeth Cross.
  • Advising on how any member of the public can nominate a worthy individual, a friend or colleague for a National Honour; offering advice on the completion of the forms and supporting the honors nomination when referred back to the Lord- Lieutenant for comment.
  • Celebrating and encouraging volunteering, community service and the work of youth organisations and employment initiatives across the County.
  • Helping to promote your organisation, where deemed appropriate, in media releases or speeches to assist with recognition of an organisation’s work.
  • Accepting suggestions (by early January each year) for the attendance at Royal Garden Parties of individuals deserving recognition.
  • If you think that we can assist, please contact us and please visit our FAQ page.

Around County Londonderry

The area of the Lieutenancy corresponds with the physical boundaries of the County but excludes the County Borough of the City of Londonderry which is a separate Lieutenancy.

The Lieutenancy area has a population of approximately 160,000 and an area of about 800 square miles. The County of Londonderry is one of contrasting landscapes, with the Sperrin Mountains dominating the southern reaches. To the east and west, the lands fall into the rich agricultural areas of the valleys of the Rivers Bann, Roe, Faughan and Foyle respectively with the town of Limavady at the heart of the richest agricultural land.

To the south east, the County extends as far as the shore of Lough Neagh, the largest stretch of inland water in the British Isles. The north is distinguished by the grandeur of the cliffs, shoreline and beaches, of the Atlantic Coast and the magnificent ruins of Downhill Castle and of Mussenden Temple, which clings to the cliff edge.

The rail journey from Londonderry to Coleraine is renowned for its scenic beauty and has been travelled twice by Her Majesty the Queen. Inland can be found the two oldest deciduous forests in the country at Ness Wood and Banagher Wood, the former of which boasts the highest waterfall in Northern Ireland and the latter some magnificent Irish Oaks.

Agriculture and quarrying, tourism and recreation, manufacturing and technological research and development are core to the economy of the County.

The University of Ulster, which is located at four sites across the province, has its administrative headquarters and a major teaching and research campus in Coleraine, the largest town in the Lieutenancy area. The Coleraine campus houses the world-leading School of Biomedical Sciences, the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) and the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute.

There is much pride that Seamus Heaney MRIA, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 1995 and described as ‘the greatest poet of our age’, grew up in Bellaghy in the South of the County and is buried there in St. Mary’s Graveyard. In Autumn 2016 the new Heaney HomePlace was opened and is drawing visitors from far and wide including His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.

The Lieutenancy of the County of Londonderry was created in 1831 by His Majesty King William IV to represent the Monarch and to uphold the dignity of the Monarchy in the County. The current Lord-Lieutenant is Mrs Alison Millar who was appointed in 2018.