A look back at Mac's year of laughter: Our peerless cartoonist’s wit and warmth during another tumultuous 12 months

 January: Britain is plunged into a new lockdown after the emergence of the Kent variant, but the vaccine rollout starts to gather pace

February: The inspirational Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised more than £30 million for NHS charities, dies from Covid aged 100 

March: Harry and Meghan’s departure is still causing shockwaves – but more bruising allegations would emerge in their Oprah interview

April: The Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99 – and Mac imagines his typically no-nonsense reaction as he reaches the Pearly Gates

May: The expensive refurbishment of the PM’s Downing Street apartment by designer Lulu Lytle sparks a flurry of official investigations

June: Holidaymakers face chaos after Ministers remove Portugal from the travel green list – just weeks after opening it up to tourists 

July: As England play Italy in the Euro final at Wembley, two home fans perhaps choose the wrong venue from which to watch the match 

August: Skateboarder Sky Brown, 13, is the toast of the nation after she secures a bronze to become our youngest-ever Olympic medallist

September: And another sporting prodigy, Emma Raducanu, is the ‘Queen of Queens’ by winning the US Open at just 18

October: Her Majesty may have spent a night in hospital and been told to rest by doctors, but she remains as indefatigable as ever

November: The Prince of Wales is left to cope alone after the loss of his most valuable aide, Michael Fawcett, in an honours scandal

December: Boris Johnson celebrates the birth of daughter Romy as he comes under increasing fire over lockdown-busting parties

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