Prince Charles has talked about the “sacrifices” made by Britons during the coronavirus pandemic. March 23 marks the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, and is being marked with a National Day of Reflection, led by Marie Curie UK. The Prince of Wales, who is the patron of the charity, released a video message in support on Clarence House’s royal social media.
In it, the royal said: “Over the past year our country has been through a trial which has tested our resolve and our resilience in countless ways.
“We have all been inspired by the resourcefulness we have witnessed, humbled by the dedication shown by so many, and moved, beyond words, by the sacrifices we have seen.
“We are emerging from this time with a renewed confidence in one another and with a strengthened faith in our society – richly diverse in its many communities and cultures, but united in its commitment to the common good and the welfare of others, particularly those most vulnerable.
“As we do so, it is right that we pause to remember those whose lives have been so tragically cut short.”
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He continued: “As Patron of Marie Curie, I am so very proud that this charity, which does so much to help people at the end of their lives, has taken a lead in helping the entire country cope with losses we had never foreseen, but must never forget.
“Whatever our faith or philosophy may be, let us take a moment together to remember…