Queen lights Windsor tower blue as nation falls silent in poignant tribute to NHS workers

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    The nation is preparing to gather for one final clap on Sunday to mark the 72th anniversary of the NHS. Ahead of the celebration, the Royal Family posted their own special tribue with a picture of the blue tower. The firm posted on Twitter: “The Round Tower at Windsor Castle #LightItBlue.

    “We join together in a moment of remembrance and reflection for those who have lost their lives during the pandemic and pay tribute to the healthcare professionals, keyworkers and volunteers working for and in support of @NHSuk.”

    Royal fans were quick to show their support for the tribute.

    One posted: “We’re lighting our candles on our front window cil for all those who have lost their lives & with love to our key workers.

    “Remember, if you’re a key worker struggling, reach out to @OurFrontlineUK to support you, set up by Prince William.”

    Another added: “I do not cry , but this really touched my heart, thank you with all my heart thank you, I love you for this.”

    A third simply said: “We love you Queen, God bless you.” 

    It comes as the nationwide clap is scheduled for 5pm on Sunday.

    The aim is to hopefully make the event an annual tradition.

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    NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said the day is an opportunity to “say a heartfelt thank you’ to hospital staff”.

    He said: ‘This year has been the most challenging in NHS history, with staff displaying extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion to care for the 100,000 patients with Covid-19 who needed specialist hospital treatment, and many others besides.

    ‘During this testing time our nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists and countless more colleagues were sustained by the support of the public, not least through the weekly applause for key workers.

    ‘No health service, not even the NHS, could have coped alone with this coronavirus pandemic.’

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    Earlier this evening, people fell silent to remember who died during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Other monuments across the country were also lit up in NHS blue.

    This included the London Eye, the Shard and Windsor Castle.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rev Justin Welby, lit a candle of remembrance in Canterbury Cathedral.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson lit a candle at his official residence at 9pm, ahead of the National Health Service’s 72nd anniversary on Sunday.

    Mr Johnson will meet NHS workers in the Number 10 garden on Sunday afternoon.

    Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, he said the clap is for ‘those who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help the nation get through this pandemic’.



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