Kate Middleton and William share Time To Change message
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Over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have focused their efforts on supporting and thanking frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic, especially those in the health service. They visited the East London ambulance centre last week and ended up on a video call with various members of a paramedic’s family including her mother, father and grandfather, who is 97. After greeting the family, the paramedic introduced each of them and William commented that it was “brilliant” they all picked up, given that the call had not been arranged ahead of time.
Speaking about the pandemic, William said: “It’s affected your family personally hasn’t it? I’m very sorry to hear that.”
Kate asked how things were back home in Bangladesh and whether everyone was well, to which they said “things are better”.
The Duchess added: “You must be very proud of your daughter.
“We’ve Just been hearing about the amazing work that’s been going on here.
“Hopefully it won’t be too long before you can all meet up and see each other again.”
Towards the end of the phone call, the paramedic said they should “let them go” but William joked: “We can sit here and do some more family chatting if that helps!”
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Ms Gripper noted that she “enjoyed” the surprise call, saying that it was “very cute”.
She said: “We’re seeing the royals continuing to visit vaccination centres and hospitals and different places.
“I really enjoyed their visit to the paramedics and Prince William being on an impromptu phone call to Bangladesh to chat with various members of the paramedic’s family.
“She was like ‘I think we better go now’ which was very cute.”
Mr Myers agreed that it was “brilliant”.
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Last week, the Queen gave a statement for the Day of Reflection, which marks one year since the UK first went into lockdown.
At the time, fewer than 2,000 people had died of coronavirus and now the total is tragically over 126,000 people.
Her Majesty once again gave thanks to those frontline workers who have carried the nation through this pandemic.
Meanwhile, William and Kate visited Westminster Abbey, which has become a vaccination centre.
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The UK’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is now focused on the vaccination rollout, which has proved to be one of the most efficient in the world.
Around 30 million people have now had the first dose of their vaccine and more than three million are fully vaccinated.
Ms Gripper said: “Obviously, part of the success of the vaccination rollout has been that all kinds of buildings are being used, so rugby stadiums and all sorts ‒ but also Westminster Abbey is a vaccination centre, poets corner.
“So it’s still doing daily communion services but there is also this vaccination corner where people are going in and getting vaccinated ‒ and that’s where William and Kate went to on the Day of Reflection.
“Obviously, it was a place that was packed with people for their wedding nearly 10 years ago ‒ they will have to be putting their thinking caps on for some good anniversary presents.”
Mr Myers added: “This is pretty extraordinary ‒ better than a car park in Croydon isn’t it, going to have your vaccination next to royalty in Westminster Abbey.”
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