Excerpts from the speech by King George VI on VJ Day, 1945

August 20, 2020

As published by The Royal Household:

Japan has surrendered, so let us join in thanking Almighty God that war has ended throughout the world…

We have spent freely of all that we had: now we shall have to work hard to restore what has been lost, and to establish peace on the unshakable foundations, not alone of material strength, but also of moral authority. Then, indeed, the curse of war may be lifted from the world, and States and peoples, great and small, may dwell together through long periods of tranquillity in brighter and better days than we ourselves have known.

To read the entire speech by King George VI on The Royal Household, please click here.

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