FACT CHECK: No, This Photo Does Not Show A Recent Anti-Lockdown Protest In London

Trevor Schakohl | Legal Reporter

An image shared on Twitter purportedly shows a protest in London against COVID-19 lockdowns.

Verdict: False

The image was not taken during an anti-lockdown protest. The photo actually shows a crowd during a 2012 event celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

Fact Check:

Thousands of people gathered in London on April 24 to march in protest against COVID-19 restrictions, Reuters reported. An April 24 tweet seemingly includes a photo from that protest showing thousands of people packed tightly in The Mall in London. Text accompanying the photo reads, “THE PHOTO YOU WON”T SEE ON BBC NEWS.”

Social media users have also shared screen grabs of the tweet on Facebook. (RELATED: Does This Image Show An April 2021 Anti-Lockdown Protest in London?) 

The photo was not, however, taken during the April 24 protest in London. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found the photo published by Getty Images in June 2012. According to the photo’s caption, it was taken during the queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the “60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.”

“The crowd is escorted down The Mall during the Diamond Jubilee carriage procession after the service of thanksgiving at St.Paul’s Cathedral on the Mall on June 5, 2012 in London, England,” the Getty Images caption reads. “For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of wellwishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend’s celebrations.”

The thanksgiving service was one of many events held from June 2 to June 5, 2012 in commemoration of the anniversary, according to CNBC.

Many COVID-19 restrictions are still in place in England as of press time, including a ban on gathering indoors with people from different households or “support bubbles” and requirements that masks be worn in a variety of indoor settings, according to the U.K. Government’s website. Restrictions in England will begin to ease on May 17.

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