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VE Day celebrations: The UK marks 75th anniversary

People across the UK have marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Millions of people throughout the country fell silent at 11:00 BST on Friday to remember those who served in World War Two.

Friday marks 75 years since the formal acceptance by Britain and its allies of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender.

The Royal Air Force Red Arrows pass over the London Eye on the bank of the River Thames during a flypast in central London on 08 May 2020 Image copyright PA Media
Image caption The RAF staged flypasts across the country, with the Red Arrows soaring through the sky above Buckingham Palace and the London Eye
Red arrows fly over London Image copyright Ministry of Defence
Image caption The RAF, seen here above the Houses of Parliament, also flew Typhoon jets over Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast
Boris Johnson outside No 10 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Buildings around the country, including No 10, have been decorated in bunting to mark the occasion
Veteran Lou Myers, 93 bows his head at the Cenotaph as he takes part in the two-minute silence on 8 May 2020 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Veteran Lou Myers, 93 bows his head at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London as he takes part in a national two minute silence
Members of the armed forces are seen saluting during a service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Members of the armed forces took part in a service at the Cenotaph
Max Panton, seven, and his five-year-old brother Theo joined the silence wearing their replica RAF Red Arrows uniforms Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Max Panton, seven, and his five-year-old brother Theo joined the silence wearing their replica RAF Red Arrows uniforms
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon marks the VE Day two-minute silence outside St Andrew's House on May 8, 2020 in Edinburgh Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption First Minister Nicola Sturgeon marks the silence outside St Andrew's House in Edinburgh
Former soldier Ralph Harvey, 89, drives his mobility scooter during celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 08, 2020 in Redcar, United Kingdom Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Former soldier Ralph Harvey, 89, heads out on VE Day in Redcar, North Yorkshire
Residents of Cambrian Road dressed up in period costume take part in a street party to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day in Chester on May 8, 2020 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Residents of Cambrian Road in Chester dressed up in period costume take part in a socially distanced street party
Residents of Portola Close in Grappenhall, Cheshire, celebrate VE Day in a model tank on 8 May 2020
Image caption Residents of Portola Close in Grappenhall, Cheshire, celebrate VE Day in a model tank

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