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VJ Day 70th Anniversary

Mountbatten’s family participate in the commemorations

On 15th August 2015, ceremonies were held to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of “Victory over Japan” (VJ Day) and remember the so-called “Forgotten Army”.  The day started with Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921) - accompanied by The Earl & Countess of Wessex and The Duke & Duchess of Gloucester attended a Service n St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London, organised by the Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) Fellowship Welfare Remembrance Association.  Following the Service, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Drumhead Service and Wreath laying ceremony on Horse Guards Parade with a fly-past of four historic aircraft, a Spitfire, Dakota and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and a Royal Navy Swordfish, together with a current RAF Typhoon. This was followed by a reception in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, hosted by The Royal British Legion.


The Mountbatten Statue,

Mountbatten Green


Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip,

Duke of Edinburgh at the VJ70 Service


The Hon. Timothy Knatchbull

(Mountbatten’s grandson) laying a wreath

at The Mountbatten’s Statue

Following the Drumhead Service, Mountbatten’s grandson (The Hon. Timothy Knatchbull) laid a wreath at his grandfather’s Statue, on Mountbatten Green, off Horse Guards Parade, London.  Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (Mountbatten’s eldest daughter) did much to raise awareness of the VJ70 commemorations and sent a message which was read out at the Drumhead Service.  She said - “This 70th anniversary of the real end of World War Two is a good time to show our renewed, sometimes belated, gratitude for what was achieved in South East Asia as well as in Europe.  I would like to add my own, and my family’s, warmest wishes and admiration for all the veterans and their families gathered in commemoration”.  


To read more of her comments and to listen to her discussing about the day - click HERE.


The Hon. Timothy Knatchbull

with his wife and children

at The Mountbatten Statue