'We are forever grateful': Prince William address Britain in TV tribute ...

Prince William tonight addressed the nation to honour veterans on VJ Day, 75 years after his great grandfather gave a speech on the end of the Second World War.

The Duke of Cambridge described how King George VI's announcement on August 15, 1945, marked the end of 'the most catastrophic conflict in mankind's history.'

Thousands watched George VI and the Queen drive down The Mall in an open carriage, as they celebrated the end of the war following Imperial Japan's surrender.

Speaking on BBC One, William said: 'As he marked the moment the world had long prayed for, King George expressed his pride in the international effort from across the Commonwealth and allied nations which secured success in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Duke of Cambridge addressing the nation during a televised tribute honouring veterans on VJ Day, 75 years after his great grandfather gave a speech marking the end of the Second World War

The Duke of Cambridge addressing the nation during a televised tribute honouring veterans on VJ Day, 75 years after his great grandfather gave a speech marking the end of the Second World War

From left to right, Princess Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth, King George VI, and Princess Margaret Rose wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace August 15, 1945 on VJ Day in London, England

From left to right, Princess Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth, King George VI, and Princess Margaret Rose wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace August 15, 1945 on VJ Day in London, England

'We are forever grateful to all those who fought alongside us.

'It is hard for us to imagine what Victory over Japan Day must have felt like at the time; a mix of happiness, jubilation, and sheer relief, together with a deep sadness and overwhelming sense of loss for those who would never return home.

'Today we remember those who endured terrible suffering and honour all those who lost their lives.'

The duke showed his gratitude to the wartime generation, which includes his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who fought in the Far East and was aboard HMS Whelp in Tokyo Bay as the Japanese signed the surrender on the USS Missouri.

'He remembers vividly his role in collecting released prisoners of war, a sign, as sure as any to him, that the war was finally over,' William said.

He recited the words of the Kohima Epitaph, carved on the memorial of the 2nd British Division in the cemetery of Kohima, northeast India, which reads 'When you go home, tell them of us and say.

'For your tomorrow, we gave our today.'

He continued: 'As we look back, we must not forget our responsibility to learn the lessons of the past and ensure that the horrors of the Second World War are never repeated.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows performing a fly-past over the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland, to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows performing a fly-past over the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland, to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend a national service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend a national service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2nd L) shares a joke with veteran Bill Redston after a national service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2nd L) shares a joke with veteran Bill Redston after a national service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas

'We owe that to our veterans, to their families, and to the generations who will come after us.

'As we mark the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, to each and every one of you who contributed to the effort, I say, thank you, our country owes you a debt of gratitude.

'Your bravery, and the sacrifices you made, will never be forgotten.'

The address was recorded earlier in the month at The Guards Memorial, opposite Horse Guards Parade, in London.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) perform a flypast at the VJ Day 75 Commemorations over the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day on August 15, 2020 in Alrewas, Staffordshire

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) perform a flypast at the VJ Day 75 Commemorations over the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day on August 15, 2020 in Alrewas, Staffordshire

On Saturday morning, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall led a two-minute silence during a televised remembrance service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

In a speech dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Allied and Commonwealth personnel who fought and died in the campaign, Charles said: 'All too often those who served in the Far East have been labelled 'the Forgotten Army', in a forgotten war.

'Many of the

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