The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall made a welcome return to public duties on Tuesday 16th June as they visited Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to meet frontline NHS workers. This was the first royal engagement for the couple since lockdown began in the UK in March and Charles and Camilla met the workers in the grounds of the Gloucestershire hospital.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today visited Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and thanked key workers who have been working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. pic.twitter.com/NSJcVYePTk
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) June 16, 2020
Various members of staff including doctors, nurses, paramedics and volunteers lined up in the grounds of the hospital – all at a two metre distance – to welcome Prince Charles and the Duchess to their place of work. Because of the Coronavirus restrictions, there was none of the usual shaking of hands and staff moved forward in turn to talk to the royal couple, whilst obviously keeping their distance.
Charles and Camilla listened to the stories of the staff of what it has been like to work at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. After hearing what the staff had to say, both Charles and Camilla were full of praise for the NHS frontline workers.
Speaking to ITV News, Prince Charles said, “It has been a marvellous opportunity just to have a chance to see people who I know have been doing so much, literally, on the frontline and having to endure an awful lot of stress and strain in their wonderful way, I don’t know how they do it. But delivering everything in the most effective way.”
NHS staff are “Britain at its best” Prince Charles and Camilla tell @chrisshipitv on the royal couple’s first face-to face visit since lockdown restrictions were eased https://t.co/WlGSx92QzG pic.twitter.com/BGktHaLLmb
— ITV News (@itvnews) June 16, 2020
The Duchess of Cornwall went on to say, “They’ve done the most remarkable things. The way they’ve looked after people, they’ve kept control of the whole thing, a question of not panicking and getting on with it. They are Britain at it’s best.”
The visit to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital comes ahead of a return to Clarence House for Charles and Camilla where on Thursday 18th June they will host French President, Emmanuel Macron.
The Princess Royal was not far from Charles and Camilla on Tuesday as she also returned to royal duties visiting the Duke of Gloucester barracks.