'You are an example to us all': The Queen thanks NHS nurses, midwives and healthcare workers for their 'selfless commitment and diligence' during Britain's coronavirus crisis in open letter
- Queen has praised 'dedication' of nurses, midwives and other health workers
- Says they have 'vitally important roles to protect and improve health of people'
- Queen issued message for World Health Day while residing at Windsor Castle
- Words released in video montage on the Royal Family's Twitter account today
The Queen has praised the 'dedication to service' of nurses, midwives and other health workers during the coronavirus pandemic in a message for World Health Day.
The monarch, who is currently residing at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip, also thanked healthcare professionals for their 'selfless commitment'.
She also praised their 'diligence' in 'vitally important roles to protect and improve the health and well-being of people across the Commonwealth and across the world'.
The head of state also said that 'testing times' can bring out 'the best of the human spirit', adding that healthcare workers' dedication was 'an example to us all'.
Her words were released in a video montage on the Royal Family's Twitter account showing members of the monarchy meeting medical staff and health workers.
The Queen issued the message as she is kept informed by Downing Street about the condition of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in intensive care with coronavirus.
it comes two days after the 93-year-old's historic address on Sunday which urged the country to pull together to fight coronavirus.
The televised address was only the fifth time that the Queen has done so during times of national crisis and grief. It was watched by more than 23million people.
In the most recent address, she echoed Second World War heroine Dame Vera Lynn, promising families separated by the crisis that 'we will meet again.'
During the broadcast, which was filmed last Thursday at Windsor Castle where she is isolating with Prince Philip, the Queen also told of how the coronavirus pandemic had brought back memories of wartime.
'It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister,' she said. 'We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety.
'Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.'
The Queen's address sits just behind the London 2012 Olympic Games closing and opening ceremonies in the list of most watched broadcasts this decade.
Zara Tindall, 38, said she was 'very proud' of her grandmother's efforts.
Appearing on ITV's Good Morning Britain yesterday from her home in Gloucestershire, she said: 'Obviously, we're very proud and what she said is completely, 100 per cent what the country needed.
'I hope everyone listens and we can try and get back to normal and, as we're trying to do today, support our NHS as much as we can.'
Sarah Ferguson, 60, also praised the Queen and admitted that the speech had 'touched her to the core'.
The Duchess of York, the former wife of Prince Andrew, wrote on Twitter: 'Her Majesty's words touched my core and inspired us to never give up.