Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, Prince William and Kate have shown great support to NHS frontline heroes battling the pandemic.
Now, on behalf of the nation, they have presented a Pride of Britain award to the National Health Service at the forefront of the fight against the virus.
The royal couple presented the group with the Pride of Britain Award at Britain’s oldest hospital, St. Bartholomew’s in London.
The filmed presentation will be broadcast on Sunday, 1st November at 9pm on ITV, during the 2020 Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards.
Poignantly, Prince William and Kate both dressed in NHS blue, with the Duchess opting for a chic blue suit.
Good Morning Britain co-host Kate Garraway introduced the couple to the staff – while they offered their support to the TV presenter, whose husband Derek Draper has been seriously ill in hospital after contracting Covid-19 eight months ago.
Prince William said: “We cannot thank you enough.
“On behalf of a grateful nation, it is a tremendous honour for Catherine and me to present this special recognition award to the army of dedicated NHS staff.”
“The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic has reminded us as a nation of how much we owe to the thousands of NHS workers who have gone far beyond the call of duty this year.
“They have worked tirelessly around the clock, with humility and compassion, in the most challenging of circumstances, putting their own lives on the line to help others.
“It is fitting that we are here today at Britain’s oldest hospital to thank and celebrate our NHS staff and to honour them with a Pride of Britain award.”
Kate added: “Through our conversations with frontline workers during the pandemic, we have been inspired by their stories of bravery and selflessness.
“Many have had to leave their families for weeks on end, some have come out of retirement to help, while others have stepped into new roles to play their part in the fight against coronavirus.
“And it is not just the medical teams – all NHS staff have played a crucial role through this time.
“During the lockdown, we joined people up and down the country to applaud the NHS and our key workers each week. Their hard work still goes on and we remain indebted to them for all they do.”