Princess Anne visited three hospitals in one day to thank NHS staff and open a memorial garden

Bethan Rose Jenkins
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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

Princess Anne visited three hospitals in Gloucestershire yesterday (20 April) to meet and thank NHS workers, as well as open a memorial garden.

The Princess Royal visited Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Wotton Lawn Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital and opened a garden filled with “hundreds of wire dandelions, in memory of each patient,” who had tragically lost their life during the pandemic.

The Royal Family’s official Instagram account shared a selection of photographs of the visit showing Princess Anne smiling warmly as she chatted with NHS staff and visited the memorial garden.

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The post explained that “Her Royal Highness spoke to NHS workers about their experiences over the last year, and thanked them for their hard work.”

The Princess was out conducting her royal duties following the sad loss of her father Prince Philip, who was laid to rest at his funeral on Saturday (17 April).

Members of the public who commented on the post recognised Princess Anne’s hard work, particularly given her recent personal loss.

“Such a hard worker and extremely loyal to family. Just what is needed at the moment,” said one commenter.

“One of the hardest working women out there,” agreed another, while others added that “she exudes authenticity” and “is so inspiring.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also been on official duties this week, paying tribute to Prince Philip with a visit to the Air Training Corps of which he was Air Commodore-in-Chief for more than 60 years.

Kate is now Honorary Air Commandant, after the Duke passed his patronage to her in 2015.

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