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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

VE Day

King George VI, 1943

May 8, 2020, marked the 75th anniversary of the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe. Several countries observe public holidays on the day each year, variously called Victory Over Fascism Day, Liberation Day or simply Victory Day. In the UK it is often abbreviated to VE Day, or V-E Day in the US.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth addressed the nation. On her desk is the portrait of King George as seen above. Karsh photographed both the King and Princess Elizabeth in 1943, and would go on to photograph the British Royal Family another four times.

See some portraits from those Sittings.