In 2020, the UK's International Day of the Midwife didn't proceed with its typical celebrations and honours due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Yet midwives remain at work on the frontlines.
Princess Anne recognized the sacrifices and bravery with which midwives are performing their duties during the health crisis. Anne, who is patron of the Royal College of Midwives, shared a special tribute message to mark the day on May 5. It appeared on the Royal Family's official Instagram account.
Princess Anne addresses 2020 International Day of the Midwife
Princess Anne's speech came from her home at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire. In the video, she honours midwives despite the lack of celebrations for the 2020 International Day of the Midwife.
"In previous years, there has always been the opportunity to celebrate your profession and fellowship together. 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."
She continued, referencing the sacrifices made by midwives who have returned to the frontlines from other roles to provide assistance.
"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 remember for years to come."
Princess Anne is a mother of two, herself
Princess Anne, 69, is a mother of two, Peter and Zara. The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Anne became patron of the Royal College of Midwives back in 2002. She's known to make regular visits to maternity units.
She concluded her video message by saying: "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."