Prince William and Kate Middleton have shared a rare video of their three children giving a round of applause for health and emergency workers battling the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The clip – posted to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 11 million Instagram followers on Friday morning (Australian time) – shows Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis side by side, clapping and smiling to show their thanks for those at the frontline in the battle against COVID-19 around the world.
“To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you,” the post reads.
The video, which is part of a British social media campaign called “Clap for our carers”, is a rare glimpse of the three Cambridge siblings – six-year-old Prince George, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, who turns two in April.
The Cambridge family is believed to be in self-isolation at Anmer Hall, their country home in Norfolk, while Britain is in lockdown. The video is thought to have been shot in the garden there.
Britain is battling a devastating spread of coronavirus. On Friday (Australian time), its coronavirus death toll rose from 475 to 578, and there were 11,658 confirmed cases.
More ominously, the BBC reports that it was the first time COVID-19 deaths had risen by more than 100 in a single day.
Last weekend, Kate and William visited an NHS centre in south London to show their support for emergency workers, and highlight the work being done during the coronavirus pandemic.
They heard non-emergency calls to the centre had risen four-fold since the outbreak began – up to 25,000 a day across London alone. Emergency calls in Britain have also doubled to nearly 8000 a day.
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Catherine and I were proud to visit staff working at NHS 111, to pass on our personal thanks, along with those of my grandmother and father, to staff working around the clock to provide care and advice to those that need it most. • The last few weeks, and more recent days have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus. • But it’s at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society – people from all backgrounds and walks of life with different experiences and skills, pulling together for the common good. • Not only are NHS staff and emergency workers responding to the needs of the public, they – like the rest of us – are concerned about their families, friends and loved ones. • They need our support as much as we need theirs. • All of us have a part to play if we’re going to protect the most vulnerable. • That means acting on the latest expert advice, staying home if we or those we live with have symptoms, and avoiding non-essential contact to help reduce the spread of the virus. • — The Duke of Cambridge
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Meanwhile, Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, 71, tested positive for the virus earlier this week. He is said to be suffering only minor symptoms and is in self-isolation in Scotland, with the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Queen and her 98-year-old husband, Prince Philip, are at Windsor Castle.
The 93-year-old monarch left London for her Easter break a week early after the British government said the spread of COVID-19 in the capital was weeks ahead of the rest of the country.
“It is likely the Queen will stay there [at Windsor Castle] beyond the Easter period,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.