Duke of Edinburgh praises key workers in statement

The Prince called the work done by key workers “vital and urgent”.

The Duke of Edinburgh has praised those tackling the coronavirus pandemic across the UK and keeping essential services running, in his first major statement since retiring.

Philip, 98, said he wanted to recognise the “vital and urgent” medical and scientific work taking place.

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In his message, the duke, who retired from public duties in 2017, also gave thanks to key workers including those involved in food production and distribution, refuse collection, and postal and delivery services.

Philip’s statement, published on the royal family’s social media channels, said: “As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic; by those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.

“On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues; the staff and volunteers working in food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.”

The message was signed off with “Philip”.

The Duke of Edinburgh has made a rare public statement, praising those tackling the coronavirus pandemic across the UK and keeping essential services running.
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