The royal family said their last goodbyes on Saturday to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and beloved husband of Queen Elizabeth for over 70 years.
Philip’s funeral was held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, with only 30 members in attendance. The duke himself was intimately involved in planning the funeral during his lifetime, helping design the modified Land Rover that carried his coffin and choosing the music that was played.
The procession and funeral were shown live on public television and reflected Philip’s no-fuss attitude and love of the military. Photos of the 50-minute service captured the emotions of the masked royal family members and close friends in attendance, and the harsh reality of losing a loved one during the pandemic.
Some of the most moving photographs from the day included the reunion of Princes William and Harryafter a year apart, Prince Charles with tears streaming down his face, and Queen Elizabeth seated alone in the chapel.
Hong Kong police said Wednesday that they are investigating a top national security officer after a police raid found him at an unlicensed massage business. The person under investigation is Frederic Choi, head of the police National Security Department that was set up last year after Beijing decided to impose a new set of laws on Hong Kong against subversion, secession, collusion and terrorism.
Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and the Go-Go's were elected Wednesday to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame their first time on the ballot, leading a class that also includes Tina Turner, Carole King and Todd Rundgren. With Jay-Z, the hall inducts a 23-time Grammy winner and the first rap artist in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His discography includes “Hard Knock Life," “99 Problems" and “Empire State of Mind."
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that an independent public inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus pandemic will be held next year. Families of those who have died during the pandemic have been calling on Johnson to call an inquiry since last summer, but the prime minister consistently said the time wasn't right.
Boris Johnson has announced a "commemoration commission" will be formed to consider how to remember both the victims and the heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic, amid calls for a national memorial. The Prime Minister made the announcement in the House of Commons on Wednesday as he also revealed a full independent public inquiry into the pandemic will take place next spring. "I know that communities across our whole country will want to find ways of commemorating what we have all been through," Mr Johnson said. "So the Government will support their efforts by establishing a UK Commission on Covid Commemoration." Mr Johnson has long argued that there should be a commemoration for the victims of the Covid crisis at some point, expressing his support whenever asked. However, as of yet no detailed Government proposals have been put forward about what form it should take or where it should be located. These are expected to be some of the issues that the new commemoration commission will consider. Others include how the memorial should be funded, how a winning design should be picked and what date should be picked for its opening. Official Government statistics show that 127,629 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK. That figure is the number of people who had Covid in the 28 days preceding their death. Mr Johnson made clear he wanted the commission to look at both commemorating Covid victims and praising those who have sacrificed in the battle against the virus. The Prime Minister said: "This national endeavour - above party politics - will remember the loved ones we have lost; honour the heroism of those who saved lives and the courage of frontline workers who kept our country going; celebrate the genius of those who created the vaccines; and commemorate the small acts of kindness and the daily sacrifice of millions who stayed at home, buying time for our scientists to come to our rescue." Downing Street has not named which individuals will be appointed to the commission or who will be the body’s chairman. It is possible figures from the charity, health and business sectors will be included, as well as leaders from religious communities. Government ministers will have to green-light whatever proposals are put forward for them to come into fruition. Mr Johnson has previously said: “Coronavirus has taken a heart-breaking toll on families across the UK - it is right that we come together to honour all those we have lost.” Temporary commemorations linked to the Covid-19 pandemic have been seen in the UK and around the world since the crisis emerged during the winter of 2019/20. A minute’s silence was held across the UK on March 23 to mark a year to the day that the country was put into lockdown to limit the virus’s spread. In America, candles were placed along Washington DC’s reflecting pool during Joe Biden’s inauguration as US president, with the candles representing those who died of Covid-19.
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The British government has announced contentious plans to toughen election voting rules by requiring photo identification at polling stations, a move it says will protect the democratic system against electoral fraud. The government’s legislative agenda for the next year, announced Tuesday, includes a plan to tighten election rules for postal and proxy voting, and to require electors in U.K. general elections to show photo ID at polling stations. At present, Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K. that requires voters to prove their identities at polling stations.
The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana, who was shot dead at a custody centre in south London last year. The Duke, 38, laid a wreath on a memorial bench at the Croydon police station after privately meeting the New Zealand-born custody sergeant’s partner, Su Bushby. He also spoke to a number of Sgt Ratana’s colleagues and Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick before taking part in a moment of reflection alongside the officers. The Duke said on arrival that he had wanted to visit the station “for a while” and was told by Dame Cressida: "It's going to mean a lot to people." He was shown a gym that Sgt Ratana, 54, had built in a converted store room and which colleagues described as his "legacy". They said he had proudly showed off the reflooring to colleagues on the night he died, September 25.