Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week: Boris does press-ups, pubs reopen and Leicester locks down

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said he was ‘as fit as a butcher’s dog’ and did press-ups to prove…

Portrait of the week: Lockdown eases, debt rises and three killed in Reading

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Home Pubs in England would be allowed to reopen for table service from 4 July, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister,…

Portrait of the week: Statues, steroids and support bubbles

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Home Britain went into a frenzy of iconoclasm. The statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square was hidden by the…

Portrait of the week: Schools stay shut, Colston tumbles and bell tolls for Japan’s bike bells

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Home The government lurched uncertainly in dealing with coronavirus. Not all years in primary schools would after all return before…

Portrait of the week: MPs return, dentists reopen and racing resumes

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Home Primary schools were allowed to reopen but many did not want to. MPs voted to return to their physical…

Portrait of the week: Cummings under fire, protests in Hong Kong and a big cat in East Finchley

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Home Open-air markets and car showrooms will be allowed to open from 1 June and other ‘non-essential’ shops from 15…

Portrait of the week: Unemployment up, bathers banned and Corbyn’s brother arrested

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Home The United Kingdom seemed reluctant to come out of its lockdown. ‘We are likely to face a severe recession,…

Portrait of the week: Europe’s lockdowns ease, England stays alert and Broadway stays shut

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Home The government changed its slogan from ‘Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ to ‘Stay alert, control the virus,…

Portrait of the week: Neil Ferguson quits, Rory Stewart drops out and Boris names his baby

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Home The government put its mind to the puzzle of how to get people back to work. Draft advice was…

Portrait of the week: Boris’s son is born, Commons sits apart and Belgians told to eat more potatoes

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, returned to work at Downing Street after recovering from his Covid-19 sickness. Speaking outside…

Portrait of the week: The Queen turns 94, Captain Tom raises £27m and Harry and Meghan block newspapers

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Home The number of people with the coronavirus disease Covid-19 who had died in hospitals by the beginning of the…

Portrait of the week: Boris recovers, flour sales soar and France and India extend lockdowns

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Home The number of people with the coronavirus disease Covid-19 who had died in hospitals by the beginning of the…

Portrait of the week: Queen speaks, mobile masts burn and Boris Johnson goes into hospital

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Home The number of people who had died from the coronavirus disease Covid-19 in the UK by Sunday 5 April…

Portrait of the week: Coronavirus hits cabinet, EasyJet grounded and postman soldiers on

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, contracted the coronavirus disease Covid-19, as did Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary. The Prince…

Portrait of the week: Salmond cleared, Olympics postponed and Britain told to stay home

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus Sunday dawned with 233 people in the United Kingdom dead thus far from the coronavirus Covid-19 (a week earlier…

Portrait of the week: Coronavirus hits pubs, offices, sport, the FTSE and Mount Everest

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus The government asked all people over 70 to cease from social contact for at least 12 weeks in order…

Portrait of the week: Panic buying, Budget announcements and farewell to Harry and Meghan

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Home At the beginning of the week 319 people in the United Kingdom had been found to be suffering from…

Portrait of the week: Coronavirus plans, Boris’s baby and Priti Patel under fire

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Home After a Cobra emergency meeting about the coronavirus Covid-19, when the number of cases in the United Kingdom had…

Portrait of the week: Weinstein convicted, Harry and Meghan answer back, and coronavirus spreads in Europe

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Home The government told Britons returning from 11 quarantined towns in northern Italy to isolate themselves, for fear of spreading…

Portrait of the week: Cabinet reshuffle, another royal divorce and coronavirus hits iPhones

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Home The Budget, still scheduled for 11 March, had to be rewritten after Rishi Sunak was made Chancellor of the…

Portrait of the week: Britain rules on coronavirus, HS2 is approved and Bernie Sanders powers ahead

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Home The Department of Health classified the novel coronavirus (named by the World Health Organization Covid-19) as a ‘serious and imminent…

Portrait of the week: Britain leaves the EU, coronavirus evacuations and a great day for Trump

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Home The United Kingdom quietly left the European Union at 11 p.m. GMT on 31 January. Boris Johnson, the Prime…

Portrait of the week: Withdrawal Agreement signed, Huawei allowed in – and coronavirus spreads

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Home Using a Parker fountain pen (a brand now made in Nantes), Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, signed the EU…

Portrait of the week: Prince Harry leaves, Jess Phillips drops out and Trump goes on trial

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Home The Duke of Sussex left England to join his wife, Meghan, in Canada. This followed an agreement that stripped…

Portrait of the week: Harry and Meghan quit, America avoids war and the Labour leadership race begins

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Home The Queen agreed to ‘a period of transition’ during which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would spend time…