London (CNN)Queen Elizabeth II has likened the British public's response to the coronavirus pandemic with the efforts of its soldiers during World War II, in a televised speech delivered exactly 75 years after her father marked the end of fighting in Europe.
Queen Elizabeth says wartime generation would 'admire' Britain's response to coronavirus, in televised address to mark VE Day
Speaking on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Queen remembered her own experiences of the end of fighting on the continent and praised the "strength and courage" of British and Allied troops who brought about Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945.
"Never give up, never despair -- that was the message of VE Day," the monarch said. "I vividly remember the jubilant scenes my sister and I witnessed with our parents and Winston Churchill from the balcony of Buckingham Palace."
Acknowledging the impact on modern British life of the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced this year's public commemorations to be canceled, she also drew parallels between the UK's wartime generation and their modern compatriots.
"Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish. Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps," she said at the conclusion of her speech. "But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other.
"When I look at our country today, and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognize and admire," the Queen added.
The monarch's message was broadcast 75 years to the minute after her father, King George VI, gave a radio address to the country in which he praised a "great deliverance" and announced that "Germany, the enemy who drove all Europe into war, has been finally overcome."
On 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill also announced to the British nation that the Germans had "signed the act of unconditional surrender." Churchill concluded his speech by saying: "Advance Britannia, long live the cause of freedom, God save the King." On this day -- VE Day -- Buckingham Palace was a focal point of the celebrations.
"At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain," the Queen said on Friday, thanking the UK, the Commonwealth and other Allied nations for their efforts. "But we kept faith that the cause was right -- and this belief, as my father noted in his broadcast, carried us through."
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