Princess Anne, 69, is known to be one of the hardest working members of the British Royal Family and has not let lockdown keep her from royal duty. The Princess Royal is patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and issued a heartfelt message to UK midwives on a special day of recognition.
May 5 is International Day of the Midwife and Princess Anne touched on the sadness some key workers may be feeling at not being able to mark the special milestone together.
The Princess Royal’s moving address was filmed at her Gatcombe House home and shared by the Royal Family’s official Twitter account.
Anne took a moment to thanks NHS midwives for their tireless work to help mothers and babies.
The tweet read: “To mark the International Day of the Midwife, The Princess Royal, Patron of @MidwivesRCM , thanks midwives across the UK for their great care and compassion in these difficult times.”
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Princess Anne’s moving message to midwives in full
Princess Anne said: “As patron of the Royal College of Midwives I would like to send you my best wishes for today, the International Day of the Midwife.
“It will be a very different International Day of the Midwife this year.
“In previous years there has always been the opportunity to celebrate your profession together. »
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Princess Anne added: “This year those plans have had to be put on hold.
“In many ways though, despite not being able to come together, as a profession you have never been more united.
“To face the current health situation some of you will be returning to practice from academia, non-clinical roles or even retirement.
“Some midwifery students may find themselves in the workforce earlier than they had anticipated. »
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The Princess Royal added: “You have supported each other as colleagues and as friends, and in these difficult times, you have shown great care and compassion.
“That will be what the women in your care will remember for years to come.
“Like so many frontline NHS staff, you have felt the impact of the current crisis on your everyday work.
“Yet you continue to rise to the challenge of finding new ways of working and delivering services for your communities.
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“On my visits to maternity units across the country as your patron, I am always struck by that sense of hope and new beginnings.
“Even in these difficult times, I am sure that you are doing all you can to allay anxiety and concern, and ensuring that joy and hope pervade.
“This year the International Day of the Midwife was to be even more momentous falling as it does in the first-ever International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
“At the start of 2020, I don’t think any of us just how momentous a year it would be.
“I hope that before the year is out there will be an opportunity to celebrate the International Year of the Midwife together in person.
“In the meantime, I wanted to share my thanks for all that you do today and every day and to wish you a very happy International Day of the Midwife for today.”
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