The 70th anniversary of VE Day falls on 8 May: the day after the general election.
A series of ceremonies to mark this occasion are scheduled to take place in the UK and Europe. There will also be events across the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May.
Some of these will be commemorations requiring the attendance of the prime minister and possibly other party leaders.
As such there’s every chance that David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and others will have to go straight from their respective election headquarters, or even the counts in their constituencies, to official events either here or on the continent.
The business of negotiating a coalition or forming a government will be put on hold (at least formally) while senior politicians join members of the royal family and other dignitaries to remember the end of the second world war in Europe.
It’s an intriguing scenario. All the main party leaders, tired and nervy after weeks of campaigning and the tension of election night itself, suddenly thrown together once more in an environment that demands they put aside allegiances and present a united front. What might they talk about on the journey to France and Germany? What private conversations might unfold away from public eyes?
More importantly, who will fulfil the role of the leader of the UK government? It’ll probably come down to timing. For the commemorations on 8 May, the day after the election, David Cameron would almost certainly still be de facto prime minister – especially if coalition negotiations have only just begun. It is Cameron, after all, who will remain prime minister until and only until he chooses to resign. If he thinks he can form the new government, he will almost certainly stay in Downing Street for as long as possible. Edward Heath waited four days before resigning after losing the February 1974 general election.
Only if Labour wins a clear majority is Cameron likely to concede defeat straightaway. If there is another hung parliament, he could conceivably still be prime minister right through the VE weekend, even if the Tories have failed to win the most seats. He’ll cling on for as long as he thinks he has the chance of cutting a deal.
For him and his counterparts in other parties, the immediate aftermath of 7 May looks set to pose a triple challenge: bartering over a new coalition, representing the country on the world stage, and simply trying to stay awake after 48 hours without sleep.
The weekend after the election is shaping up to be almost as fascinating as the election itself.