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"Moved beyond words": Prince Charles reflects on UK COVID pandemic

"Moved beyond words": Prince Charles reflects on UK COVID pandemic

Prince Charles has been "moved beyond words" as he released a video message marking the National Day of Reflection in the UK.

The National Day of Reflection marks one year since the first COVID-19 lockdown started in the UK and honours the 126,000 lives lost since the start of the pandemic with a minute silence at midday UK time.

The Prince of Wales has battled coronavirus himself in April and paid tribute to the communities across the UK that have banded together and sacrificed for others.

"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," he said in the clip.

"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.

"In their memory, let us resolve to work for a future inspired by our highest values, that have been displayed so clearly by the people of this country through this most challenging of times."

The video message was recorded on behalf of the Marie Curie Foundation where Prince Charles is the royal patron.

The charity estimates six million people have been bereaved since the beginning of the pandemic.

"Many people who are grieving say the support they receive from their friends and family is one of the things that helps them get through," the charity said, adding: "Don't be afraid to reach out."