One year ago, Boris Johnson addressed the British public to deliver a “very simple instruction”: stay at home.
Suffice it to say that the succeeding 12 months have been anything but simple, not only for Britons but communities across the world. The UK’s official coronavirus death toll alone has passed 126,172.
Now, as the country marks this landmark anniversary with sadness, some laughter, and deep reflection, we’re here to bring you all the live action throughout the day.
That’s all for today’s live lockdown anniversary coverage
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Here’s a touching message from the ‘All on the Board’ guys
All on the Board are TfL staff members who secretly write motivational and inspiring messages on white boards in tube stations across the city.
Here’s their latest message for the National Day of Reflection:
This animation aims to help children understand grief
It is hoped it will help those who’ve lost loved-ones during the pandemic
Here’s how the Labour leader spent his minute of silence:
Here’s a look at some of the nuggets of nostalgia being shared on Twitter:
It’s becoming increasingly hard to remember a time when we shopped without face masks, had friends over for dinner, and were jostled about in overcrowded Tubes.
Here’s how MPs marked the minute’s silence in the House of Commons
The UK is now observing a minute’s silence
It is a moment to remember the lives lost to the pandemic and the sacrifices made by all Britons, particularly those working on the NHS front line.
A message from Prince Charles and Camilla:
Just 5 minutes to go until the minute’s silence
Queen reflects on the ‘grief and loss felt by so many'
The Queen has reflected on the “grief and loss felt by so many” as she marked the Covid lockdown anniversary by sending flowers to the hospital where the Duke of Edinburgh had heart surgery.
A bouquet of irises, tulips, mixed narcissi and ranunculus and the monarch’s message were carried to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the city of London from Windsor Castle, where the monarch and Philip have been staying during the pandemic.
The Queen’s message read: “As we look forward to a brighter future together, today we pause to reflect on the grief and loss that continues to be felt by so many people and families, and pay tribute to the immeasurable service of those who have supported us all over the last year.”