In a video message to mark International Day of the Midwife, Princess Anne has expressed her admiration for healthcare workers and has said she is always “struck by the sense of hope and new beginnings in maternity wards” and added “even in these difficult times I’m sure you are doing all you can to allay anxiety and concern, and ensure that joy and hope pervade.”

Speaking from her home in Gatcombe Park, The Princess Royal, who is patron of the Royal College of Midwives, spoke of how different the celebrations for International Day of the Midwife will be this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Queen’s only daughter said, “In previous years, there has always been the opportunity to celebrate your profession and fellowship together. This year, those plans have had to be put on hold. In many ways though, despite not being able to come together as a profession you have never been more united.”

Princess Anne also took the opportunity to thank those who have returned to the profession from retirement and academia as well as to the students who have found themselves on the frontline earlier than anticipated. Anne also praised the way midwives have found new ways of working during the pandemic adding that nobody at the beginning of 2020 would have anticipated the challenges faced this year.

The World Health Organisation designated this year as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and is aiming to recognise the nurses and midwives who play a vital role in providing health care services across the world.

The video message from Princess Anne was shared across The Royal Family’s social media platforms on Tuesday morning.

Anne’s message comes just a few days after The Duchess of Cambridge spent time speaking to patients and midwives from Kingston Hospital.

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