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Members of the royal household have sent messages of appreciation to nurses from across the Commonwealth who continue to work under the pressure of Covid-19.
As well as recognising their efforts during the pandemic, nurses were also thanked for the work they do on a daily basis.
“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary people”
Duchess of Cornwall
To mark International Nurses’ Day, the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex and Princess Alexandra have been speaking to nurses in different parts of the world.
In a video released by Kensington Palace, the Queen can be heard in conversation with Professor Kathleen McCourt, the president of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation and fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.
Her Royal Highness described International Nurses’ Day – which this year also marked the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth – as a “rather an important day”, noting that nurses had “a very important role to play recently”.
Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales said: “My family and I want to join in the chorus of thank yous to nursing and midwifery staff all over the country, and indeed the world.
“Thank you all so much for the diligence and courage that you have shown.”
The Duchess of Cornwall recorded messages of support for nurses from the Royal Naval Medical Service and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children Charity, of which she is respectively commodore-in-chief and patron.
In the video, she said: “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary people. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”
The royals have reached out to nurses and other health professionals working in Australia, India, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Bahamas, Cyprus, Tanzania and the UK.
On Monday, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex took part in video calls with nurses in collaboration with the Nursing Now campaign.
The Duchess of Cambridge is a patron of the three-year global campaign which aims to raise the profile nursing.
It is run by the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, but in light of the pandemic the campaign has been postponed for 2020.
During a call, she said: “Thank you for all the hard work that you do on a day to day basis, and particularly providing expert care to those in need.
“It’s amazing that you’re able to still continue the support and the care that you would normally provide, even under these really difficult circumstances.”
She spoke to nurses in Queensland, Australia, who provide culturally appropriate services to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who said that while working conditions were “hectic” they were “feeling the love” on the commemorative day.
Last week the Duke of Cambridge spoke with nurses at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital and said: “Thank God for the Royal Marsden right now, I can tell you that.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you’re doing. Your colleagues are doing a terrific job and I hope you know of appreciative everyone is of what you’re all doing.”