Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week: A lockdown exit plan, Duke of Edinburgh in hospital and Texas in deep freeze

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Home The much-anticipated decriminalisation of two consenting people meeting over coffee on a park bench was declared for 8 March…

Portrait of the week: Hotel quarantine starts, Ribblehead Viaduct cracks and a royal guest for Oprah

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Home The target was achieved of vaccinating, by the middle of February, about 15 million people of 70 or over,…

Portrait of the week: A royal baby, Boohoo buyouts and France legalises lunch al desko

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Home On Sunday 7 February, as the week began, 11,465,210 people in the United Kingdom had received a first vaccination…

Portrait of the week: Variants, vaccines and goodbye to Captain Sir Tom Moore

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Home About 80,000 people in eight places in Surrey, London, Kent, Hertfordshire, Southport and Walsall were asked in door-to-door visits…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine battles, illegal haircuts and Biden’s chat with Boris

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Home Supplies of the Pfizer vaccine (made in Belgium) were feared to be at risk from a declaration by the…

Portrait of the week: Vaccination, inauguration and a food box denunciation

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Home The government undertook to offer a first dose of vaccine to the adult population of the UK by September.…

Portrait of the week: Queen gets vaccinated, Trump supporters riot and gorillas catch Covid

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Home The government, in the face of overwhelming numbers of people with Covid-19 being admitted to hospital, told everyone to…

Portrait of the week: New year, new lockdown

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced harsher coronavirus restrictions in England, resembling those last March, except that bubbles continued.…

Portrait of the year: Coronavirus, falling statues, banned Easter eggs and compulsory Scotch eggs

19 December 2020 9:00 am

January Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, signed the EU withdrawal agreement, sent from Brussels by train. Sajid Javid, the Chancellor…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine shots, Brexit stutters and a frosty reception for the royals

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Home The Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine began, rather slowly, to be given to some old people in hospital and health workers.…

Portrait of the week: Tiers, Scotch eggs and a devastated high street

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Home The Commons voted by 291 votes to 78 for new coronavirus regulations putting 55 million people in England into…

Portrait of the week: Christmas is on, Trump is off and Piglet stars on a 50p piece

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Home The AstraZeneca vaccine developed by the University of Oxford was found to be 70 per cent effective — 90…

Portrait of the week: Cummings goes, Corbyn returns and pigeon sells for £1.4m

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Home Dominic Cummings, the chief adviser to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, left Downing Street after a week in which…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine hopes up, Zoom shares down and Biden calls Boris

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Home Pfizer and BioNTech announced a vaccine against Covid-19 of 90 per cent efficacy from two injections three weeks apart.…

Portrait of the week: England’s lockdown, America’s meltdown and houses fall down

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Home The government imposed a lockdown on England to last until 2 December. On television, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister,…

Portrait of the week: Shopping bans in Wales, soft drinks in Scotland and stowaways at sea

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Home Wales, entering a 17-day ‘firebreak’, closed most shops by law but then tried to stop supermarkets selling ‘non-essential’ items…

Portrait of the week: A Manchester stand-off, a Presidential showdown and a Brexit culture clash

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Home After ten days spent trying to persuade Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, to accede to the city…

Portrait of the week: new alerts, birthday honours and fires on Kilimanjaro

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Home ‘The weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and will test the mettle of this country,’ Boris…

Portrait of the week: Boris’s wind power pledge, Trump catches Covid and James Bond kills Cineworld

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Home Coronavirus was on the increase. At the beginning of the week, Sunday 4 October, total deaths (within 28 days…

Portrait of the week: Curfew street parties, Trump’s taxes and a bone-eating vulture

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Home More than a quarter of the population of the United Kingdom (three-fifths of the Welsh, a third of the…

Portrait of the week: New Covid restrictions, a Supreme Court vacancy and an earthquake in Leighton Buzzard

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Home Pubs and restaurants would have to close at ten o’clock, under new coronavirus restrictions announced by Boris Johnson, the…

Portrait of the week: new laws, illegal mingling and bungled tests

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Home At one minute past midnight on Monday, new laws came into force prohibiting households in England increasing their numbers…

Portrait of the week: banned gatherings, stopped presses, and Frogmore’s refurbishment

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Home Gatherings of more than six people from more than one household were made a crime in England from 14…

Portrait of the week: Case takes over civil service, Zoom profits rocket and Ocado adopts M&S

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Home Simon Case, aged 41, the private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge 2018-20, was appointed Cabinet Secretary and Head…

Portrait of the week: BBC drops songs, museum drops Sloane, and KFC and John Lewis drop slogans

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Home Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, made pupils wear face-coverings in school corridors. It didn’t take long for…