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In pictures: VE Day commemorations

On 8 May 1945, hundreds of thousands of Londoners took to the streets to celebrate the end of World War Two in Europe. Three days of celebrations have been held in the UK to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

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Image caption On Sunday, the final day of celebrations, the Red Arrows performed a fly-past over Westminster
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Image caption The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, flew in formation over London
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Image caption The fly-past followed an armed forces parade through Westminster towards Buckingham Palace
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Image caption Hundreds of veterans joined the parade, receiving a warm welcome from the crowd
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Image caption Many veterans waved flags and saluted as the crowds cheered and clapped
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Image caption With the Red Arrows overhead, veterans and members of the armed forces mustered on the Horse Guards Parade
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Image caption The veterans were greeted by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as the prime minister looked on
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Image caption An original World War Two Spitfire fighter plane overlooked the Horse Guards parade
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Image caption After the parade, a reception was held for veterans at St James's Park, hosted by the Royal British Legion
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Image caption Members of the public also flocked to St James's Park for a 1940s-themed dance
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Image caption Themed events and tea dances, such as the one in St James's Park, took place across the UK
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Image caption Earlier on Sunday, the Queen attended a thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey
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Image caption Her Majesty was joined by members of the royal family, including Prince Charles
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Image caption Prime Minister David Cameron attended the service with his wife Samantha
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Image caption The service was led by the Dean of Westminster, with an address from the Archbishop of Canterbury
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Image caption More than 1,000 World War Two veterans and their families joined the Queen at the service
Image caption The Queen watched as a wreath was laid at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior
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Image caption Crowds gathered outside to listen to the service, which was broadcast on speakers
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Image caption On Saturday night a 1940s-themed concert was held at Horse Guards Parade
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Image caption Performers included Katherine Jenkins with couples from Strictly Come Dancing
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Image caption Entitled A Party to Remember, the concert included Status Quo who played a version of their hit In The Army Now
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Image caption Former X Factor finalist Rebecca Ferguson and singer Pixie Lott sang in 1940s-inspired outfits
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Image caption The concert also featured readings from actors including Jane Horrocks, who was overcome with emotion as she read a dead soldier's final letter to his mother
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Image caption The concert followed celebrations through the day, with churches and cathedrals, including St Paul's Cathedral, ringing their bells at 11:00 BST
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Image caption In Guernsey, the Countess of Wessex represented the Queen, where celebrations marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Channel Islands
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Image caption On Friday night, a chain of around 250 beacons were lit across the UK as "flames of peace"
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Image caption The Queen lit the first of the beacons at Windsor Great Park
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Image caption As young princesses, the Queen and her sister Princess Margaret joined the street celebrations
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Image caption London landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, were lit up with V-shaped beams of lights - as many had been in 1945
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Image caption The commemorations began with a memorial service on Friday at the Cenotaph in Whitehall
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Image caption Prime Minister David Cameron (right), as well as Ed Miliband (left) and Nick Clegg (centre) - who had earlier resigned as leaders of Labour and the Liberal Democrats respectively - all laid wreathes
Image caption Prince Andrew, a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, joined other dignitaries and officials
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Image caption More than 100 veterans, including Chelsea Pensioners, attended the ceremony
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Image caption Standard Bearers from veterans' associations marched to the Cenotaph
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Image caption Members of the public, some in period dress, waved flags as they marched past
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Image caption Hundreds of veterans of advancing years travelled from across the UK to London for the weekend of events.
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Image caption Scottish Gunners from the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fired two rounds from Edinburgh Castle to mark the beginning and end of a two-minute silence

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