Tea for II

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The National Memorial Arboretum, part of the Royal British Legion, joins the Nation, the Commonwealth and the rest of the World in mourning the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was a Life Member of the Royal British Legion and he was gracious and generous in his support of the National Memorial Arboretum over many years.

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Tea for II is an new exhibition, inspired by the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

A comfort of family life, a shared rest from work, and a warming treat; a cup of tea is quintessentially British and symbolic of home.

"My dear friends, this is your hour. This is not victory of a party or of any class. It's a victory of the great British nation as a whole."
Winston Churchill
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Tea and the Home Front

Tea has been a staple part of British culture since the 1700s, and it played an important role during the Second World War both at home and abroad.

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Tea on the Front Line

For soldiers, sailors and airmen serving abroad, tea was also an important part of their daily routine. Even in treacherous times, tea helped to boost morale. It reminded people on the Front Line of home, giving them a moment of normality.

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Tea and VE Day

At the beginning of May 1945 Germany signed an unconditional surrender, bringing an end to the war in Europe. The war which had torn apart homes, families and communities. People gathered and partied in the streets.

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VE Day on the Front Line

Many soldiers on the Front Line celebrated, building bonfires and drinking local drinks.

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VE Day Around the World

VE Day was celebrated around the world. Discover how different countries celebrated the end of the war in Europe.

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