The Queen and members of the royal family called medical professionals from around the world to mark International Nurses Day in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex and Princess Alexandra took part in the tributes.
Prince Charles thanked the nurses for their “diligence” and their “courage”.
While Camilla said, “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary people. “
In a video montage published by Kensington Palace on social media, many nurses wore face masks as they spoke to the royal family about the impact of Covid-19.
In a call, the Duchess of Cambridge said, “I don’t know how you manage to do that and keep the show on the road despite the additional pressures you all face and the harsh conditions – it just shows how bad the vital role that nurses play around the world. You should be so proud of the work you do. “
At the start of the video, the Queen can be heard speaking to Professor Kathleen McCourt, President of the Commonwealth Federation of Nurses and Midwives.
After being greeted by Professor McCourt with a “good afternoon, Your Majesty”, the Queen said: “It is rather an important day … because obviously they have [nurses] had a very important role to play recently. “
The palace believes it could be the first time that the Queen’s telephone call has been released.
In another appeal, the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, said, “My family and I want to join the choir of thanks to nurses and midwives across the country and to the world. “
“Feel the love”
Catherine and Sophie have spoken with nurses in India, Australia, Malawi, Cyprus, the Bahamas and Sierra Leone, as well as in the United Kingdom.
Sophie said to some of them, “I hope you also feel a little love. “
The couple spoke with nurses specializing in maternal health, HIV, mental health, women’s health and ophthalmology.
Anita Kamara, nurse at the center for women in Sierra Leone, said: “The fact that the future queen and the countess are talking to us today was really special. “
The calls were organized by Nursing Now, a global campaign to raise the status and profile of nursing, of which Catherine is the sponsor.
This came as the head of NHS England, Sir Simon Stevens, said that there had been a sharp increase in interest in nursing as a career since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
Sir Simon said that there had been a threefold increase in the number of people clicking on the nursing pages of the NHS career website, adding that any new recruit would be welcome.