The Queen has lit the first of 200 beacons to light up the night sky to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
Arriving in Windsor Castle accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, she lit the first beacon at 9.30pm to mark the moment peace was declared 70 years on.
Burning beacons were then lit two minutes later all over the country to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.
One of the veterans at the VE Day commemorations today was among the first to know Germany had been defeated in Europe.
More than 1,000 veterans march through Horse Guards Parade as the Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall look on
The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales will attend the service at Westminster Abbey to remember those who died during WWII.