The Duke of York will be at St Paul’s Cathedral next Tuesday to attend a commemoration service marking the ten years since the July 7th London bombings in which 52 people were tragically killed. London Mayor Boris Johnson will be present at the service as will the survivors of the attacks and the families of those who lost their lives.
The July 2005 terrorist attacks in London claimed the lives of 52 people and injured hundreds more, leaving many with life changing injuries. Bombs were detonated on the London Underground between Liverpool Street and Aldgate, Edgware Road and between King’s Cross and Russell Square as well as an attack on a number 30 bus near Tavistock Square. The bombs on the Tube went off within 50 seconds of each other whilst the fourth bomb was detonated over an hour later.
As well as Prince Andrew and Boris Johnson paying their respects at St Paul’s, staff from TfL, the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, the London Ambulance Service, British Transport Police and City of London Police will also be in attendance owing to their efforts on July 7th 2005 to help those affected by the attacks.
Boris Johnson’s office commented, “We have worked with Foundation for Peace, the Tavistock Square Memorial Trust, St Botolph’s Church Aldgate, St Paul’s Cathedral, Russell Square, Brent Bereavement Services and all the emergency services to reach as many people affected by events on that day as possible.”
Aside from the commemoration service at St Paul’ Cathedral, there will also be a memorial held at Hyde Park on July 7th open to the general public though certain areas will be reserved for survivors and victims families. The entire country will also be invited to take part in a one minute’s silence in order to reflect on the ten years that have passed since the horrific attacks.
As well as the memorial events, on Monday evening Tessa Jowell gave the annual Tavistock Memorial lecture marking the anniversary of the bombings.
The tenth anniversary and memorial events next Tuesday come as the UK is on high alert following terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait last week. A number of Britons were killed in the attacks in Tunisia and though exact numbers are still yet to be confirmed, it is expected that the total number of British people killed in the attacks could be in the mid to high twenties. Her Majesty The Queen has offered her “sincere condolences” to the families of those killed in the Tunisian beach massacre. The Queen also said that she and Prince Philip offered their deepest sympathy to those injured in the attacks.
The anniversary commemoration service at St Paul’s Cathedral will be broadcast live on BBC1 from 10:30am.
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