Her Majesty The Queen will lead the nation's VE Day 70th anniversary commemorations today.
Formal events started with a service at the Cenotaph to pay tribute to the millions who lost their lives in World War II.
There the Duke of York, representing the Royal Family, was joined by military leaders and politicians to lay wreaths.
Artillery guns fired at the Tower of London and Wellington Barracks at 3pm to signal the start of a two-minute silence - the exact time Winton Churchill informed the nation of Germany's unconditional surrender.
At 9.30pm the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will leave Windsor Castle to light the first of a chain of 250 beacons which will stretch from London to the Shetland Isle of Unst.
Then over the course of the weekend landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square will be floodlit with V-shaped lights.
On a lighter side the public are being encouraged to dress up in period-style clothing, hold street parties and 'kiss, snap and share' for VE Day.
Forces TV's Kaija Larke, meanwhile, has been to meet two people who served their country during the Second World War, who’ll be at the celebrations remembering what life was like in 1945.