Royal family honors International Nurses Day amid coronavirus pandemic: 'Thank you for everything you're doing'
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The British royal family released a new video Tuesday celebrating International Nurses Day and thanking nurses from the United Kingdom and around the world amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

"This is rather an important day," Queen Elizabeth II said in a voice recording in the video, telling listeners that nurses "obviously had a very important part to play recently."

“On this International Nurses Day, my family and I want to join in the chorus of thank you's to nursing and midwifery staff all over the country and, indeed, the world,” Prince Charles said in the video.


Prince Charles tested positive for the novel coronavirus in March and has since recovered. 

He is joined via video conference by several other members of the royal family in offering their thanks, including Prince William and Duchess Kate, Duchess Camilla, Princess Anne and her daughter Zara Tindall. 

“Thank you all so much for the diligence and courage that you have shown,” he added.



International Nurses Day is celebrated on Tuesday, May 12. 

In the newly released video, the family is seen talking to nurses around the world using video conferencing. Duchess Kate is seen telling a group of three nurses in Australia, “We’d love to hear what it’s like on the ground.”

“It’s been as hectic as it has been around the world, I would say,” one nurse responded.

Two nurses in India told Duchess Kate and Tindall, “We’re happy to be here and providing services to the patients.” 

“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,” the duchess responded. She was also seen asking nurses in Malawi, the Bahamas and Cyprus about mental health, the impact of the pandemic on children and other topics.

Later in the video, Prince William tells a group of nurses in the United Kingdom, “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you’re doing. You, your colleagues are doing a terrific job and I hope you know how appreciated everyone is of what you’re all doing.”

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The couple announced last month that they are donating over $112,000 in profits from the broadcast of their wedding to a charity working to feed families during the pandemic, NBC News reported. They also delivered meals to vulnerable Los Angeles residents hit by the pandemic.