People have taken to the capital's streets to ‘walk together’ on the tenth anniversary of the London 7/7 bombings in which 52 people were killed in four terror attacks.
The London Tubes came to a halt at 11.30am to allow passengers a minute of silence, as commuters were encouraged to ‘walk together’ by getting off their Tube a stop early and walking to their destination, in an act of remembrance for victims.
St Paul’s Cathedral also held a service at 11am, attended by the families of those who died and some of those injured when three Tubes and a bus were bombed on 7th July 2005. Among the speakers was a young Londoner and the Bishop of London, who spoke of the great diversity of the victims and of London itself - and how instead of anger there was a huge outpouring of solidarity following the atrocity.
The attack, the worst single terrorist atrocity on British soil, saw three suicide bombers detonate devices just after 8.50am in three Tube stops. 26 people died after a bomb exploded at Russell Square, Piccadilly, six were killed at Edgware Road on the Circle line and seven at Aldgate station.
An hour after the first three explosions, a fourth terrorist detonated his device on a packed double-decker London bus in Tavistock Square, killing 13 people.
More than 700 people were injured in the attacks.
In pictures: The 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings
In pictures: The 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings
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Security staff and workers from Hyde Park observe a minutes silence at the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park
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People pause for a minutes silence at Kings Cross Underground station in London, as Britain remembers the July 7 attacks amid a welter of warnings about the enduring and changing threat from terrorism a decade on
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Members of staff working within the grounds observe a minutes silence to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the July 7 terrorist attacks at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
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Police officers within the grounds observe a minutes silence to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the July 7 terrorist attacks at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
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Representatives from 7 Company, Coldstream Guards and HQ London District join the national act of remembrance for the 7th July bombings 10th year anniversary beside the Ministry of Defence Main Building in central London and led by Rabbi Major Reuben Livingstone
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People observe a nationwide minute's silence on the 10 year anniversary of the 7/7 London attacks which killed 52 people, facing in the direction of a plaque and flowers laid at the location of where a suicide bomber blew themselves up during the morning rush hour on a bus in Tavistock Square
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George Psaradakis (centre), the driver of the number 30 bus which was blown up in Tavistock Square, looks at floral tributes left close to the scene of the bombings in London
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People stop to observe a minute's silence at Aldgate underground station, in memory of the victims of the July 7 bombings
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Flowers left by the July 7 memorial plaque at Aldgate Station, London, which names those who were killed in the bombings at the station
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Members of various religious groups pray during a service in St Paul's Cathedral, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the London Bombings in London
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Poppy petals fall from the roof during a service in St Paul's Cathedral, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the London Bombings in London
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A police officer looks at flowers left at Kings Cross Underground station in London
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Flowers left by the July 7 memorial plaque at Aldgate Station
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Boris Johnson and David Cameron place wreathes at the July 7 memorial in Hyde Park, London
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David Cameron and Boris Johnson take part in a wreath laying ceremony in London's Hyde Park, in memory of the 52 victims of the 7/7 London attacks
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David Cameron and Boris Johnson during a ceremony at the memorial to the victims of the July 7, 2005 London bombings, in Hyde Park
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From left: Paul Crowther, Chief Constable, British Transport Police, Adrian Leppard, Commissioner City of London Police, and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, carry wreathes at the July 7 memorial in Hyde Park
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People look at flowers left in Tavistock Square
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7/7 survivor Gill Hicks (centre) arrives with flowers at Russell Square tube station
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People embrace outside Edgware Road tube station, as Britain remembers the July 7 attacks
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A lady carrying flowers leaves Russell Square tube station
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Faith leaders promote religious unity in central London, as Britain prepares to mark 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people were killed
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Gill Hicks, (L) a survivor of the 7/7 London terror attacks, embraces police constable Andrew Maxwell outside Kings Cross Station in London, during an event to launch a walk by faith leaders promoting religious unity ahead of the anniversary of the attacks
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A memorial dedicated to the 52 people that were killed during the 7/7 terror attacks in London is pictured in London's Hyde Park
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The July 7 memorial in Hyde Park
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A memorial dedicated to the 52 people that were killed during the 7/7 terror attacks in London is cleaned in London's Hyde Park
The names of the murdered 52 were read in St Paul’s as part of the national service of commemoration. The service marked the minute's silence with a cascade of petals released from the Dome of the church and four candles, lit earlier today at each site of attack, were carried into the building.
The minute silence was observed at Wimbledon, where play started at the later time of 11.45am, images on social media showed the crowds and staff standing in silence. Elsewhere in London, in Tavistock Square a short memorial was held to remember. 110 people were injured in the square.
The ‘Walk together’ initiative, started by thinktank British Future, is thought to recall the hours following the devastating attacks when thousands walked through London’s streets after public transport networks shut down. The hashtag #WalkTogether trended on Twitter in London for much of the morning as thousands photographed themselves taking part and shared their memories of the day a decade ago.
Early this morning at 8.50am - the time the first explosive was detonated - representatives from the police, ambulance and fire crews laid wreaths at the Hyde Park memorial. The Duke of Cambridge is expected to join victims' families and emergency staff at the memorial this afternoon for a more informal memorial service including songs, recitals and a reading.
The bombings were carried out by four British men, Mohammad Siqique Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, Hasib Hussain, 18, and Germaine Lindsay, 19, who had links to Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The anniversary comes as a British think-tank warms the UK is more under threat now than it was when the 7/7 bombings occurred.
Experts at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) claim the threat level is at “severe,” meaning an attack is “highly likely”.Reuse content