NOTE: The queen's full speech is now available to view here.
Today, Queen Elizabeth will give a rare speech via the BBC, just as her father King George VI did three-quarters of a century ago on May 8, 1945, celebrating the Allies' formal acceptance of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender. The queen will address the nation at 9 p.m. BST time (4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST), the exact time her father gave his powerful speech 75 years earlier. Viewers can watch the address here or on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the U.K.
King George VI's poignant speech came after what he called "nearly six years of suffering and peril." He said, "At this hour, when the dreadful shadow of war has passed far from our hearths and homes in these islands, we may at last make one pause for thanksgiving and then turn our thoughts to the tasks all over the world which peace in Europe brings with it.”
Side note: Can we all take a moment to appreciate how rare this is? This will only be the sixth time ever that the Queen has made a public broadcast outside of her annual Christmas Day addresses. Her fifth time came recently on April 5 when she addressed the worldwide Covid-19 crisis, inspiring hope and thanking those on the frontlines.