Prince William and Duchess Kate recently did something special to show their gratitude for those who have tirelessly been providing aid on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic! As ET Canada shares, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge awarded a special honour to six National Health Service workers, who accepted it on behalf of the NHS nationwide.

William and Kate talked to NHS staff at London hospital

William and Kate presented the Pride of Britain Award to the group of key workers at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, where they took the opportunity to speak to them about their efforts! As ET Canada mentions, William spoke about how crucial the services of the NHS have been to the United Kingdom during this time of global uncertainty.

"The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic has reminded us as a nation of how much we owe to the thousands of NHS workers who have gone far beyond the call of duty this year," the Duke of Cambridge said while presenting the prestigious honour. "They have worked tirelessly around the clock, with humility and compassion, in the most challenging of circumstances, putting their own lives on the line to help others."

Duchess Catherine and Prince William meet nurse Suzie Vaughan and daughters Hettie and Bella during their visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on July 5, 2020.

William and Kate thank NHS workers for stepping up

William wasn't the only one to speak during the awards presentation, as Kate also expressed her gratitude to the workers! "We have been inspired by their stories of bravery and selflessness," the Duchess of Cambridge shared. "Through our conversations with frontline workers during the pandemic, we have been inspired by their stories of bravery and selflessness.

"Many have had to leave their families for weeks on end, some have come out of retirement to help, while others have stepped into new roles to play their part in the fight against coronavirus," Kate went on to say. "All NHS staff have played a crucial role through this time. During lockdown, we joined people up and down the country to applaud the NHS and our key workers each week.  Their hard work still goes on and we remain indebted to them for all they do."

"We cannot thank you enough," William concluded. "On behalf of a grateful nation, it is a tremendous honour for Catherine and I to present this special recognition award to the army of dedicated NHS staff." The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been strong proponents of the NHS over the past few months! In July, they even announced that they had made substantial donations to charities supporting frontline workers as well as those in the mental health sector.

"A 'pinch me' moment for our staff members Helder, Martha and Charlotte, accepting a @PrideOfBritain award from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge @KensingtonRoyal on behalf of NHS staff across the country," Royal Free London wrote on Twitter. The organization also revealed that the ceremony will be broadcast across the United Kingdom on ITV on Sunday, November 1 at 9 PM!

Prince William gave the keynote speech in Dublin on Wednesday.

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