Tuesday, 12 May 2020

The Royal Family Say Thank You On International Nurses Day

There has never been a more appropriate or fitting time to thank nurses for their dedication, professionalism, and courage. All over the world nurses are fighting on the frontlines of this pandemic at great personal risk, often going long periods without seeing their loved ones to protect and care for those battling this virus. For International Nurses Day, the royal family came together to say thank you. 


From Her Majesty The Queen discussing "the very important part" nurses play, to Charles "joining the chorus of thank yous" to Camilla aptly describing how "Extraordinary times call for extraordinary people", we heard a selection of warm and supportive messages. William, Kate, Sophie, Anne and Alexandra followed by saying thank you. 


There was a rare virtual joint engagement yesterday as the Court Circular recorded the Duchess, patron of the Nursing Now campaign and Evelina London Children's Hospital, and the Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, and Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, joined forces for a series of video conference calls around the UK and Commonwealth. They spoke to nurses from several countries including Australia, the Bahamas, India and Malawi.


The Telegraph reports:

'In it, the Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex work together to speak to nurses in seven Commonwealth countries, showing a firm friendship as they joked about homeschooling amid their serious questions about Covid-19. The broadcast saw members of the family working from home in Scotland, Norfolk and Windsor to coordinate a celebration of nurses and midwives. 
It opened with audio of the Queen, speaking to Professor Kathleen McCourt, the president of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation and Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, of which Her Majesty is patron. "This is rather an important day,” said the Queen. “They [nurses] have obviously had a very important part to play recently."
In one session, speaking to nurses in London, the Duchess of Cambridge said: “I don’t know how you manage to do this and keep the show on the road despite the extra pressures you’re all under and the challenging conditions. “It’s just shown how vital the role that nurses play across the world. You should be so proud of the work that you do.”

Kate praised nurses for "keeping the show on the road" telling them "It’s amazing that you're able to still continue the support and the care that you would normally provide even under these really difficult circumstances." Speaking to nurses in Queensland, Australia Sophie said "I hope you’re feeling some of the love as well". Kate added: "You’re a huge inspiration to everybody. Thank you from everyone here. And happy nurses’ day."


People reports:

'Meanwhile, in Cyprus, where Kate visited servicemen and women before Christmas in 2018 with husband Prince William, the pair spoke with nurses from the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. Sophie, 55, is Colonel-in-Chief of that regiment.
“Is everyone worried about their families and their loved ones back home? It must be adding to the pressure," Kate asked the military nurses in Cyprus.
When they asked how families were doing amid the lockdown, one of the nurses told them that a family member is a teacher, so she's "quite busy." “Be careful, she’s about to be recruited,” Sophie, who like Kate is helping homeschooling her kids, joked. Kate then replied with a laugh, “I’d like her to come and help me out!"

In a letter of support to Nursing Now, the Duchess praised the "crucial" and often "unsung" role nurses play.


William told nurses at the Royal Marsden "Thank God for the Royal Marsden right now. You’re doing a terrific job and I hope you know how appreciated it is."


It was absolutely wonderful to see so many members of the family coming together to mark International Nurses Day. I loved how the Queen (like so many grandparents) decided a phone call rather than a video call was in order :) The five minute video encompassed so many interesting and uplifting moments and it was great to see Kate and Sophie joining forces. I've been saying for years the royals should team up more as there are a great deal of shared causes across the board. We last saw a joint engagement for Kate and Sophie at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange when Kate was expecting Louis.


The Duchess wore her blue polka dot Altuzarra Aimee dress. Kate first wore it for a 'Back to School' engagement in support of the Heads Together campaign in 2016. The choice of blue is a thoughtful nod to the colour of the Nursing Now campaign.


The $2,150 stretch-woven dress features a V neckline, half sleeves, light ruching at front and inner arms, a slit, a slim silhouette and straight hem.


The Duchess accessorised with the Patrick Mavros Ocean Tides Milky Quartz earrings in silver. Kate's worn them for several Zoom video call over the past month. This was an outstanding ID given the limitations of video quality images, a huge thank you to the fabulous Susan from What Kate Wore for her work on this.

We have a number of nurses reading the blog, I expect most of us have a friend or a relative in the profession. I speak for all of us, when I say a heartfelt thank you for everything you are doing. You are all heroes.

25 comments:

  1. It is a very nice thing for almost every member of the Royal Family to step up and do their part in this difficult time. The Nurses Dr and everyone else who does his/her part are the A Lister's in Society and the Heroes who deserve a THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION to Duty.All of you have paid a debt you do not owe and we Society can never repay. Thank you to everyone. God Bless.

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  2. This was wonderful! I have two cousins who are retired nurses, a younger cousin who teaches nursing and a friend of my daughter's who is a psychiatric nurse. Amazing women all. And of course there are male nurses who deserve a big shout out as well!! Sophie is lovely, seems to be willing to take anything on. I know she has done a lot of overseas trips with quiet dignity. I drooled over Kate's earrings.

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  3. What a wonderful outreach. Great to see the different members of the family working together. Really nicely done.

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  4. I enjoy keeping up with all of the royal family and you do a great job keeping us up to date. Thank you Charlotte. Although not all about fashion at this time, you cover something more important: the royal family's concern for people around the world during these scary times and their support to the workers, volunteers, and patients.

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  5. Excellent job by all the main members of the family. So important now more than ever to highlight the work of our nurses. Beautiful shade of blue on Kate. I think country life suits her, she's blooming. I also think her and the countess have a great family and working relationship. Yes the family has changed very quickly but what a fantastic job all are doing for their Queen and country. She must be grateful and proud of all the family working on her behalf.

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    1. Well said Anonymous! What a great collective effort by the RF to highlight nursing right now. Have always loved the relationship between Kate and Sophia, and hope to see more joint efforts between the two of them. I read an article that the Count and Countess of Wessex are going to step up their responsibilities in order to allow the Queen to remain in isolation. While am sure the Queen is eager to return to duties when it is safer, her family is certainly stepping up and representing her well. A well deserved acknowledgement to nursing and very nicely done. cc

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  6. I love this dress and wasn't sure we'd ever see it again!

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    1. Caroline in Montana13 May 2020 at 15:32

      I love it too Ally, such a good shade on her! and I really like those earing's, a miracle they were identified thru the video's!!

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  7. I'm glad that nurses are getting the (royal!) recognition they deserve! And I'm also pleased the royal family haven't hidden away during this crisis.

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  8. Just taking this opportunity Charlotte to thank you so very much for this delightful blog. I hope you are keeping safe in these unprecedented times and that all is well in your world. You positively touch so many people so this comes with my heartfelt thanks and very best wishes for your well being.

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  9. What a lovely video from the Royal Family! I have absolutely loved seeing the individual members' personalities coming to light, hearing their voices, and seeing them interact with people rather than just still photos or videos. It's been a highlight for sure!

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  10. Oh no! I didn’t know today was Nurses Day! Thank you, thank you! You’re keeping the medical world going.

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  11. I have been reading your blog for many, many years Charlotte, but have never commented until now. As an American, and a Nurse working on the front lines, it is so nice to see nurses finally getting the support and recognition for all that we do. It is so wonderful to see the Royal Family coming out in force to highlight ALL the frontline workers out there, not just the nurses. And thank you for the wonderful job you are doing keeping this blog going right now- it's giving us something fun and distracting to look forward to :)

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  12. I loved seeing members of the Royal family coming together to mark International Nurses Day what a treat. Kate & Sophie are such dedicated girls & a great team & I’m sure they will continue to be in the years to come. As a midwife & daughter of a nurse with a son who is also a nurse it is wonderful to see recognition of the hard work & care all nurses give every day.

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  13. Thank you Charlotte for this blog post, it was so delightful to see the Royals all team together. Loved it. It was very well done.

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  14. I agree, Charlotte. I did text msg “thanks” to the Nurses that I know. I absolutely appreciate ALL that they do. Thank you, Charlotte, for this inspiring post.

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  15. What a lovely way to celebrate the hard work nurses do every day.

    I have been very impressed recently with the coordination within the royal family. Over the years it has felt that they function more as individuals/couples, each with their own ideas and focus and not always communicating well with the ither “courts”. But between reassessing everybody’s roles in the light of H&M leaving and Corona, they function like a firm again with a single focus and message.

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    1. Caroline in Montana13 May 2020 at 15:35

      I agree with you RachelZA - They are functioning better and the mood seems lighter!

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  16. Zora from Prague13 May 2020 at 08:46

    What a great idea, to join forces and thank the nurses! It was really uplifting, seeing the different members of the RF do this. Hearing that your work is appreciated is vital; hearing it from a royal adds an extra quality and emphasis, I believe. I hope many nurses can watch this video!
    I loved that the Queen took part in it and that she remained unseen :).
    Well done! and thank you so much, Charlotte!! 🙂

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  17. Thank you on the behalf of my sister, who worked as a nurse for more than 20 years (now she works at the county blood donation centre) and a former classmate. They deserve all the praise.

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  18. A lovely video. Kate and Sophie are so sweet and sophisticated, and both are exceptionally well-spoken! A joy to see.

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  19. on behalf of my sister who works 16 hours for covid 19 in philippines manila she works and miltary nurse i love the queen takes parts of zooms even voice

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  20. Love the little joke between Sophie and Kate. You can tell they have good relationship and also relating to all of us with school age kids at home.

    My sister is also a nurse who was actually in a process of getting her permit to work in UK before the pandemic happened.

    Eva from G.

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  21. I love everything about this post. Thank you, Charlotte! PS:I can never get enough of the Duchess in blue. Happy to see this dress again.

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