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Royals lead VJ Day 70th anniversary ceremonies

The Queen, members of the royal family and the Prime Minister led events marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

The nation commemorated the sacrifices of British Second World War forces who fought and died defeating Japan.

Security was tight amid reported terror threats to London events.

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Spitfire and Swordfish absent from VJ Day fly-past

A Hurricane jet followed by a Typhoon FGR4 seen as part of the VJ Day celebrations Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Crowds watching the VJ Day celebrations in London were entertained by a fly-past of military aircraft, but technical issues meant only three of the five expected planes took part.

A Dakota, Hurricane and current RAF Typhoon fighter jet flew over the capital.

But the well-loved Spitfire and the Royal Navy's Swordfish, the world's oldest surviving bi-plane, were absent from the spectacle.

A spokeswoman from the ministry of defence said: "The Swordfish was unable to take part in today's Victory over Japan Day anniversary celebrations due to a last minute minor technical issue, which prevented the aircraft from flying."

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