The Duke of Cambridge is paying tribute to emergency responders who have worked to keep communities safe amid the ongoing pandemic.
Prince William addressed a virtual audience of first responders during an online festival, giving thanks and gratitude for those putting their lives on the line to keep the masses safe while navigating the unprecedented global health crisis.
"On behalf of my family, I want to thank you all for your hard work, your determination and your courage—you are a tremendous source of pride for our country and we'll be forever grateful for all that you do," said William (via People).
"Having had the privilege of working alongside emergency responders, I've always been struck by the remarkable can-do attitude in the face of even the gravest emergencies. They showcase the very best our country has to offer."
William went on to acknowledge those who have lost their lives while working to battle the coronavirus; to date, more than 300 members of the National Health Service and emergency responders have died after contracting COVID-19 while working to stop its spread.
"Tragically, some will pay the ultimate price as a result of their efforts in the line of duty. While others will experience lasting effects to their physical health or mental wellbeing," added the duke. "We all have a responsibility to do what we can to support the community and remember their efforts to keep us safe."
Recognising the importance of frontline workers in and across the UK has remained a priority for William and his wife, Duchess Catherine, in recent months. In addition to chatting with families and frontline workers affected by the novel virus, the Cambridges also started an emergency worker-focused initiative titled Our Frontline, which provides mental health resources for health care workers.
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