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HRH Prince Philip Recalls Watching Japan's Surrender

The British Monarchy YouTube account has uploaded a clip recorded in 1995, in which the Duke of Edinburgh reflects on his time with the...

The British Monarchy YouTube account has uploaded a clip recorded in 1995, in which the Duke of Edinburgh reflects on his time with the Royal Navy in Tokyo Bay in 1945, while serving as First Lieutenant on HMS Whelp.
 
He remembered:

"Being in Tokyo Bay with the surrender ceremony taking place in the battleship which was what, 200 yards away and you could see what was going on with a pair of binoculars, it was a great relief"

After Japan's surrender, HMS Whelp took former prisoners of war on board.
 
Prince Philip recalled what it was like to see his fellow sailors after having been held by the Japanese.

"These people were naval people. They were emaciated... tears pouring down their cheeks, they just drank their tea, they really couldn't speak. It was a most extraordinary sensation"