Newly re-elected David Cameron has been joined by Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg at the Cenotaph to observe the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon also joined the Prime Minister and the outgoing Labour and Lib Dem leaders in marking a two minute silence alongside veterans of the Second World War.
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.