Europe marks 75th anniversary of WW2 end under Coronavirus lockdown

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She also reflected on the sacrifice of those who died fighting for peace and the "joyous celebrations" of VE Day, which she witnessed both from the balcony of Buckingham Palace and from the streets below, where she walked unrecognised with her sister Princess Margaret on 8 May 1945.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer paid tribute to the millions of people across Britain and the world who helped secure victory in the war.

"The older people who live with us have set the foundation for future generations and it's thanks to them that we can enjoy the freedoms we have".

Here are the main events across the United Kingdom, and how you can see them or take part: - After 10am: The Red Arrows will fly over London, and RAF Typhoon jets will fly over Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. However, necessary restrictions to contain Covid-19 have, rightly, changed the shape of how we celebrate the contribution of those who fought with such courage for our freedom.

Brazil is Latin America's worst-affected nation, with more than 135,000 infections and 9,100 confirmed deaths, although experts say the true figures are much higher.

"This country can't stay closed and locked down for years", he said Thursday, as the USA death toll topped 75,000.

Russian Federation celebrates the end of the war the following day, on 9 May, and has also scaled back celebrations.

Troops of 19th Indian Division and a Lee tank in action during street fighting in Mandalay 9-10 March 1945
Troops of 19th Indian Division and a Lee tank in action during street fighting in Mandalay 9-10 March 1945

In Britain, one of the countries hardest hit by the virus in Europe, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also drew wartime parallels with the battle against the pandemic.

But it was the German commemorations that were most closely watched, as the country does not usually mark the anniversary of the Nazis' unconditional surrender to the Allies with much fanfare.

In Berlin, residents have been given an unprecedented public holiday, although this in not in place across the rest of the country.

In a pre-recorded message from Windsor Castle that aired at 9 p.m. on BBC One, the Queen said she spoke "at the same hour" as her father, George VI, did on May 8, 1945, when the Second World War ended in Europe.

President Macron laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Paris - the ceremony closed to all but a small group of officials.

"The intention is to portray the Germans primarily as victims".

Russian Federation had originally planned a huge military display to mark its May 9 Victory Day, but now only a flypast will take place over Red Square. Find out what is going on throughout the day here.

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