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PRINCE PHILIP made a moving speech to commemorate a key anniversary of the Victory in Japan Day, where he praised the "brave British spirit" while discussing his own wartime experience.

PUBLISHED: 09:12, Fri, Aug 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:13, Fri, Aug 14, 2020

The Royal Family will be celebrating 75 years since victory was announced in Japan back in 1945, which marked the end of World War 2, this weekend. However the occasion will be particularly special for 99-year-old Philip, who fought in the Royal Navy during the war. The royal consort was on board a ship in Tokyo Bay when the end of the war was announced in 1945 — a link which few other nations are believed to still have.

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This year, the retired royal will make a rare appearance in a video montage of war veterans which will be broadcast to mark the special day.

In a heartwarming speech from 2015, Philip explained how his Royal Navy destroyer was among the Allied ships who were sent to Japan to evacuate prisoners of war.

The Duke of Edinburgh recalled: “It was a moving experience.

“Many of the ex-prisoners happened to be ­sailors and we gave them the usual cups of tea in the wardroom and the messes.

Prince Philip served in WW2Prince Philip served in WW2 (Image: Getty)

Philip during his time in the Royal Navy, when he was a lieutenantPhilip during his time in the Royal Navy, when he was a lieutenant (Image: Getty)

“We just sat in silence as we thought what this moment must have meant to them and many guests and hosts were quite ­unashamed to shed a tear.”

Philip discussed the poignant day again in 1995, and explained how he was so close to the historic event of Japan's surrender.

He said: “Being in Tokyo Bay with the surrender ceremony taking place in the battleship which was, what, 200 yards away.

“You could see what was going on with a pair of binoculars.”

He explained that when he knew the war was over “it was a great relief” and a “wonderful feeling”.

READ MORE: Why Philip and Queen are now ‘closer than ever’

Many believe Philip would have continued his Navy career if his wife had not ascended the throneMany believe Philip would have continued his Navy career if his wife had not ascended the throne (Image: Getty)

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