The Duke of Cambridge returned to work on Tuesday afternoon as he paid a socially distanced visit to Kings Lynn Ambulance Station. During the visit, Prince William took the opportunity to thank staff from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust for their continued dedication and hard work throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile #PrinceWilliam has been at King’s Lynn Ambulance Station today to thank staff for their dedication and to hear more about their experiences. He and Kate have launched Our Frontline to provide metal health support for frontline staff and key workers. pic.twitter.com/TGI2vlm6cP
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 16, 2020
This is The Duke of Cambridge’s first face-to-face engagement since the United Kingdom went into lockdown back in March. The last engagement that he and The Duchess of Cambridge took part in was, coincidentally, a visit to London Ambulance Service shortly before they moved into isolation at Anmer Hall.
Prince William was keen to learn how EEAST have coped throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and how they have continued to be able to provide its services throughout the lockdown as well as the personal measures that staff have taken to support each other through the crisis.
The Ambulance crew were also keen to inform The Duke of Cambridge of the exceptional support they have received from the public as well as from local businesses and volunteering networks.
In April, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched ‘Our Frontline’, an initiative that which provides round-the-clock mental health and bereavement support for frontline staff and key workers. ‘Our Frontline’ is supported by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and is run in conjunction with Mind, Samaritans, Hospice UK and Shout85258 – another initiative set up by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Another public outing for the royal family, Prince William does his first face to face engagement since the start of lockdown visiting @EastEnglandAmb paramedics in Kings Lynn pic.twitter.com/QuzfAM2zaJ
— Rhiannon Mills (@SkyRhiannon) June 16, 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have conducted a number of video calls throughout lockdown to various charities and keyworkers. The Duchess of Cambridge has even launched a photography competition in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery called ‘Hold Still’, which aims to capture the portrait of the nation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is expected that The Duchess of Cambridge as well as The Earl and Countess of Wessex will make their return to public duties in the coming weeks.