Prince William and Duchess Kate make touching call to war veterans on VE Day

By Zach Harper

Prince William and Duchess Kate made a very special surprise video call to thank veterans for their service and wish them a happy VE Day on May 8.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, checking in with the residents at Mais House in Bexhill-on-Sea, England, from their country home at Anmer Hall.

The two spoke with 101-year-old Charles Ward, who deciphered "secret messages" from late former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the war.

Kate likely related a lot to Charles's story, since her grandmother was a code-breaker! Valerie Glassborow, her paternal grandmother, worked at Bletchley Park code-breaking centre during the war. Kate visited it last May.

The Cambridges also thanked the war veterans for everything they did during the conflict.

"Because we can't be together, everyone's still thinking of you all today, and are very proud of everything you've achieved," William said.

Kate looks at two bricks honouring Valerie and Mary Glassborow, her paternal grandmother and great-aunt, at the Bletchley Park coding centre in May 2019. Photo: © HEATHCLIFF O'MALLEY/AFP via Getty Images

Kate also revealed she has been teaching "We'll Meet Again," the famous song by Dame Vera Lynn that became an anthem during World War II, to Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The two little royals' teachers at Thomas's Battersea had asked her to make sure the kids learned it. The song has acquired an additional meaning during the coronavirus pandemic, and the Queen herself referenced it during an address to the Commonwealth about COVID-19 on April 5.

"It's been really lovely having that playing every day," Kate said.

The Queen also made a touching speech honouring the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8. Speaking in a previously-recorded video broadcast from Windsor Castle, Her Majesty praised war veterans for their work in fighting for freedoms during the Second World War.

She also used the moment to inspire more hope as we continue to battle the coronavirus. Even more touching is that her remarks were made at 9 p.m. BST, the exact time her late father, King George VI, announced the end of the conflict in Europe.

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