The 94-year-old monarch will recall the sacrifice of the Second World War generation in her speech. She will aim to stiffen the resolve of millions of Britons facing the worst health crisis in a century. And she will broadcast at the exact moment, 75 years ago, when her father King George VI went on air to celebrate victory in Europe. The Queen, one of the few figures left who was actually in the jubilant crowd in central London when the triumph over Nazi Germany was celebrated, is expected to recall the scenes outside Buckingham Palace that day. The speech will also send out a message about the need to remain resolute in the face of adversity.
Her recorded address from Windsor Castle will form the centrepiece of a day of national commemorations that have had to be dramatically revised because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Street parties and parades have had to be cancelled in favour of celebrations in homes and on doorsteps.
But the Royal Family will still play a central part after spending the past few days talking to those who lived through those turbulent days.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will lead the nation in a two-minute silence from Scotland at 11am.
Charles, 71, will also read an extract from his grandfather the King's diary from May 8, 1945, describing the Royal Family's repeated appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony in front of the crowds.
The Queen's message, recorded with just one cameraman in the room in protective equipment to ensure her safety, will