Queen thanks hospital that performed Philip's heart surgery as she leads minute's silence

The Queen reflected on the “grief and loss felt by so many” as she led the country in a poignant tribute to the victims of coronavirus during the National Day of Reflection. Today marks the first anniversary of a COVID lockdown being enforced in England and has been chosen as the day to remember the victims of this deadly virus and reflect on the pandemic.  

To honour not just the victims of COVID-19 but also to mark the exceptional and tireless work carried out by frontline staff, the monarch decided to send a floral gift and a personal message to St Bartholomew’s Hospital. 

The bouquet of flowers, made up of iris, tulips, mixed narcissi and ranunculus, was handed to the hospital’s chief executive, consultant cardiologist Professor Charles Knight.

The 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.”

The Queen is understood to have taken part in the nationwide minute of silent held at midday. 


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