Prince William and Kate joined VE Day celebrations by making a video call to residents of an East Sussex care home. Champagne was flowing when the royal couple made the call on Wednesday as Second World War veterans from Mais House reminisced about the day the war ended in Europe on 8 May 1945.
Chatting with them, the Duchess revealed that George and Charlotte were also celebrating the end of World War II on its 75th anniversary. Apparently, the children had been asked by their teachers at Thomas’s school in Battersea, to learn Dame Vera Lynn’s famous wartime anthem.
“The school has sent all the children a challenge, and they’re currently learning the lyrics to the song ‘We’ll Meet Again.”
“It’s been really lovely having that playing every day,” mom Kate told residents of Mais House.
“We’ll Meet Again” was an anthem of the Second World War and the focus of commemorations on the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe last night. The Queen’s speech tonight was also followed by a national singalong.
Duchess Kate also added that son George has started learning about the Second World War in his history lessons.
“He would be really honored to come and speak to you. So maybe another time George can have a quick chat with you to hear all your stories as well.”
Prince William and Kate talked with several residents who had been a part of the World War II.
William revealed that said Valerie Glassborow, Kate’s paternal grandmother, was a civilian member of staff at the wartime code-breaking centre Bletchley Park, leading Kate to make an emotional admission.
“It’s so sad she’s not here today but I’d have loved to speak to her more about it,” Kate shares.
The royal couple also met Charles Ward, who is the oldest resident at 101. With a glass of bubbly nearby, Ward, joked about how he served tots of rum to fellow servicemen on VE Day.
“We were in Greece at the time, and I had to go round early in the morning with rum for all the men,” he said with a laugh.
William joked: “I bet you were the hero of the time there Charles, delivering rum out to everybody.”