Her Majesty The Queen has appeared in her first official video conferencing call alongside Princess Anne as the pair celebrated Carers Week 2020 – the annual campaign that strives to raise awareness for carers. The themes for this year’s Carers Week is ‘Making Carers Visible’ and The Queen and Princess Anne joined the call with Carers Trust, speaking to four individuals who are the main carers for family members.

Across the United Kingdom, there are approximately seven million unpaid carers and throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, these carers have had to take on extra responsibilities while certain family members shield at home.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, now the Carers Trust, was founded by Princess Anne in 1991 and aims to improve support and gain recognition for carers. The Queen and Anne spoke with Alex, Amna, Mary and Nadia about their role as carers as well as the difficulty of looking after their own physical and mental health at such a distressing time.

Princess Anne empathised with the work of unpaid carers saying, “I think we all recognise that we know carers somewhere. Maybe we have stopped and wondered how on earth we can help. If you are an unpaid family carer, thank you so much for everything you do for those who cannot care for themselves. This Carers Week, and always, please know that your role is a vital one; one to be highlighted and celebrated, and one that should never be forgotten.”

Also on the video call was Gareth Howells, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, who discussed the importance of recognising and supporting unpaid carers and publicising the ways in which they can seek support.

Her Majesty ended the video call by saying she was “impressed” by the work the carers do and that it was “interesting” to hear their “tales and stories” adding, “I’m very impressed by what you have achieved already. I’m very glad to have been able to join you today.”

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