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The Queen set to present George Cross to the NHS

Her Majesty The Queen is set to present the George Cross to the NHS at Windsor Castle on 12th July. The Queen will be accompanied by The Prince of Wales as she welcomes the Chief Executives of the National Health Services of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland as well as a frontline worker from each of the home nations.

Buckingham Palace have said that Her Majesty, who is suffering from episodic mobility issues, is planning to attend the audience though a final decision is set to be made on the day.

The announcement of the audience at Windsor Castle coincided with the 74th anniversary of the National Health Service. At the time of the NHS’s 73rd anniversary, The Queen awarded the NHS with the prestigious George Cross for its “courage, compassion and dedication” during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The George Cross was instituted by Her Majesty’s father, King George VI, at the height of the Blitz in 1940. It is awarded in recognition of “acts of the greatest heroism or of the most courage in circumstances of extreme danger” and recognises actions of civilians and military personnel not in the face of the enemy.

NHS Chief Executive, Amanda Pritchard, commented, “Under the most difficult of circumstances during the pandemic, our staff responded magnificently. Today, on the NHS’s birthday, we are marking their extraordinary efforts in the face of adversity but also their dedication over the last 74 years.”

The awarding of the George Cross by The Queen is made on the advice of the George Cross committee and the Prime Minister.

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