On 23 March we lit our tower in blue as a beacon of remembrance for those who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tuesday 23 March was the anniversary of the first lockdown in the UK, and we joined with others around the country to mark the moment as part of the national day of reflection.

Our tower was lit in blue as people took to their doorsteps with candles and torches at 8pm to create a beacon of remembrance for all those who have lost their lives in the pandemic.

theatre tower lit up in blue in the evening
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre with the tower lit up in blue on Tuesday evening as a beacon of remembrance
Photo by Kate Evans © RSC Browse and license our images

The commemoration was organised by the Marie Curie charity, who estimate that more than six million people have been bereaved since the start of the pandemic.

Their patron and our president, HRH, the Prince of Wales, said ahead of the day: "Whatever our faith or philosophy may be, let us take a moment together to remember those who have been lost, to give thanks for their lives, and to acknowledge the inexpressible pain of parting."

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