Margaret was just nine years old when World War 2 broke out and 15 when Victory in Europe was declared — resulting in the celebratory day, VE Day, in 1945. As the 75th anniversary of the celebration is tomorrow, Britons will be remembering Mr Churchill’s phenomenal leadership during such a time of crisis. He is widely regarded as the man who led the UK to victory during World War 2, so it is not surprising that he stood on Buckingham Palace’s balcony with the Royal Family on VE Day to acknowledge the post-war celebrations in 1945.
During a BBC interview for the 50th anniversary of VE Day in 1995, Margaret explained what it was like for her to be standing on the royal balcony as thousands of people gathered below, chanting.
She said it was a day she would never forget and revealed how the then-Prime Minister stood besides her family.
She explained: “I remember [Churchill] looking around for an ashtray, to put his cigar down.
“Beautiful manners. He didn’t want to come out with a cigar.”
Winston Churchill and Princess Margaret (Image: Getty)
Princess Margaret and Churchill: The Prime Minister on Buckingham Palace's balcony on VE Day in 1945 with the Royal Family (Image: Getty)
BBC interviewer Richard Astbury asked: “How did you look upon him?”
She explained: “A hero of the hour.
“He was the man who won the war, so to speak.”
Mr Astbury asked what they tried to talk about on the balcony, however, she added that there was no conversation on the balcony because the noise was “horrific”.
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The thousands who gathered outside Buckingham Palace to see Churchill and the Royal Family (Image: Getty)
She continued: “What was very exciting was when the flood lighting came on, because it was the complete antithesis to the blackout.
“You can’t imagine how awful the