The day the children got...
8th JUNE 1946
...a message from the King.
On 8th June 1946, writing directly to school children, King George VI acknowledged the hardships that they had endured in World War II.
Printed on card, it was hoped to reach every pupil in the UK .
OUR PLAN FOR JUNE 2021
To mark the message's 75th anniversary this website aims to find out what happened to all those messages and the children that received them.
Read the message
HOW DID IT COME ABOUT?
After VE and VJ Day the British Government decided to organise a national weekend to officially celebrate the victory of the allied nations.
Alongside the formal celebrations, events were laid on for children in London's parks and other cities. It was this same organising committee that came up with the idea of the King writing a message to every child.
DID KING GEORGE VI ACTUALLY WRITE IT?
The message was drafted by the Home Secretary and then edited by the King. We'll be telling you more in 2021.
HOW MANY COPIES ARE STILL IN EXISTENCE?
No one knows. And it's why we're launching a survey. In 2021, we'll be asking children who were given a card to post a picture of themselves holding the message with the hashtag #aswecelebrate.
DID ANY CHILDREN REPLY TO THE KING?
The Royal Archives records that a few hundred children replied to the King. Sadly, these letters no longer exist.
WHERE CAN I SEE A COPY?
We'll be working with schools and museums to connect them with local owners of the original message. We hope organisations will display the message for the month of June 2021 and share the stories of the children of World War II.