Wwii Celebration: Weekend of Events

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London 3pm: The Queen unveils first memorial to women veterans of the Second World War in Whitehall fly-past of helicopters and Tornados all piloted by women over the Mall.

9pm: Buckingham Palace becomes a giant canvas for drama on the War with more than 300 images from the time from the Blitz to Spitfires chasing German bombers.


London 11am: National service of remembrance in Westminster Abbey with the Queen and Prince Philip and 2,000 veterans. Shown on giant screens in The Mall.

1pm: Lunch in Buckingham Palace Gardens for veterans.

2.30pm: Reflections of the War commemoration show - 1940s-style entertainment with Bruce Forsyth, Petula Clark, Claire Sweeney, Jane Horrocks, compered by Robert Hardy in Horseguards Parade. The Queen will give an address. Two minute silence signalled by HMS Belfast.

3.40pm: RAF "missing man" formation flies overhead. Four Jaguars in a V shape with one missing to the left to symbolise losing someone in action.

4pm: Parade of banners and standards with 150 strong military band down The Mall.

5pm: Flypast of World War Two aircraft overhead. A million poppies will be symbolically dropped from the Lancaster Bomber of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to represent those killed in the conflict. …