The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have carried out the primary face-to-face public royal engagement because the begin of the coronavirus lockdown.

The couple visited Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to thank NHS workers in individual for his or her efforts through the COVID-19 pandemic, and spent half an hour assembly round 20 key employees within the hospital grounds.

Prince Charles nodded to folks and put his arms collectively in a namaste-style gesture, reasonably than shaking arms.

Prince Charles performs a namaste greeting to Professor Mark Pietroni upon arriving at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Speaking to a member of workers who labored in A&E, Camilla was informed that 12 members of workers have been hospitalised, with 5 of them having to be handled in intensive care.

The duchess might be overheard saying how she felt the disaster had introduced out the most effective in Britain as folks have come collectively.

Charles and Camilla met frontline workers
Charles and Camilla met frontline employees

Speaking about how vital it was to make the go to, Prince Charles mentioned: “It has been a marvellous alternative simply to see individuals who I do know have been doing a lot on the frontline and having to endure lots of stress and pressure I believe of their fantastic method.

“How they do it – I do not know. However they’re delivering the whole lot in the simplest method – and the nice factor they’re all saying is it is introduced all of the completely different departments collectively in a method that hasn’t all the time hasn’t earlier than.

“There’s been an excessive amount of marvellous cooperation, I believe.”

Charles waves to onlookers who came out to greet him
Charles waves to onlookers who got here out to greet him
Hospital staff awaited the royals' arrival
Hospital workers awaited the royals’ arrival

It is the primary time any members of the royal household have carried out an official engagement or viewers in individual with members of the general public since lockdown began in March.

The palace is conscious that something they do is probably setting an instance to the remainder of the nation on the subject of the present restrictions nonetheless in place on account of coronavirus.

Reporting on the engagement wasn’t allowed till after the couple had left, to attempt to minimise the danger of crowds gathering to see them.

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Prince Charles and Camilla have been at Birkhall, their house in Scotland, because the lockdown began – finishing up common video calls and cellphone calls to communicate with their charity patronages and releasing video messages of assist for neighborhood teams and key employees.

The prince caught the virus in March and this month informed Sky Information he is aware of he was “fortunate” and “obtained away with it fairly flippantly”.

However he mentioned it has made him much more decided to “push and shout and prod” to ensure that nature is on the centre of the post-COVID restoration.

On Thursday, Prince Charles and Camilla will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron to Clarence Home on behalf of the UK authorities, to rejoice the 80th anniversary of Common de Gaulle’s “Appel” to the French folks.




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