by: SJ Reporter - Last updated: 2004-10-19
The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will host a reception for survivors of the Holocaust on Thursday 27 January 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps.
The event will be held at St James Palace. Her Majesty will meet Holocaust survivors and British veterans who liberated the camps.
Later in the day, The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will represent the Nation at the Holocaust Memorial Day National Event. The event, organised by the Home Office, will take place at Westminster Hall.
Home Secretary David Blunkett said:
"Holocaust Memorial Day remains a day of huge importance to our nation not only because it allows us to remember those who fell victim to the Nazis, but also because it inspires and encourages us to act on the lessons of the Holocaust to challenge intolerance and racism wherever we find it today."
"The fifth national commemoration in London next year brings together survivors and liberators and it is especially fitting and meaningful for this national event that the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will host this reception. I hope that as many people as possible will join in paying respects to these survivors and learning from their testimony."