The Queen has joined Kate Middleton in paying tribute to healthcare workers across the world on International Nurses Day.
In a video clip released by Kensington Palace, the Queen, 94, can be heard saying nurses have had a “very important role to play recently” – while the Duchess of Cambridge phoned hospitals in seven different countries.
The gestures were in honour of International Nurses Day, which takes place every 12 May – Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Kate reached out to nurses around the world, including India, Australia, Malawi, Cyprus, Sierra Leone, the Bahamas and London.
Last year she underwent two days of work experience at the Kingston Maternity Unit in a bid to learn more about the NHS.
The Queen could meanwhile be heard talking to Processor Kathleen McCourt, President of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation.
She said: “It’s a rather important day. Obviously nurses have had a very important part to play recently.”
Prince Charles said: “My family and I want to join in the chorus of thank yous to nurses and midwifery staff in this country and all over the country and all over the world.”
Last month Kate penned a moving letter to “inspiring” NHS workers on the coronavirus frontline.
She told workers at Evelina London Children’s Hospital that she was thinking of them during “this hugely difficult time”.
Kate wrote: "It is heartening to know you are still very much open for business and continuing to provide expert care to sick children despite the challenging circumstances.
"You are all truly inspirational and I know how much you will be there for these families, as you always have been.
"You are now facing the additional pressure of caring for adult Covid-19 patients, but it is a testament of your support and commitment to your patients that you are all pulling together to ensure they will have the best possible care.
"Whether working on the front line, or behind the scenes, you will be having to juggle these pressures and manage both your professional and personal lives.
"Please look after yourselves and each other and know the whole country is behind you."