King George VI’s handwriting reveals “deep sense of duty” on VE Day

King George VI showed his driven and yet emotional qualities when he addressed the nation with a radio broadcast at 9pm on VE Day, and said: “Today we give thanks to Almighty God for a great deliverance. 

“Speaking from our Empire’s oldest capital city, war-battered but never for one moment daunted or dismayed – speaking from London, I ask you to join with me in that act of thanksgiving.” 

The iconic speech, the King went on to say: “Let us remember those who will not come back, their constancy and courage in battle, their sacrifice and endurance in the face of a merciless enemy: let us remember the men in all the Services and the women in all the Services who have laid down their lives. 

“We have come to the end of our tribulation, and they are not with us at the moment of our rejoicing.”

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