Kate dresses in NHS blue as she and William pay visit to Norfolk hospital

Kate Middleton cut a ravishing figure in NHS blue as she and Prince William payed a visit to a hospital just a stones-throw away from their Norfolk home.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.

Kate donned a blue shirt dress with a white collar to meet staff at the hospital, which is situated just 20 minutes away from their family home of Anmer Hall on the Royal Sandringham estate. 

With her hair swept back in a sleek ponytail, the Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she spoke to staff after arriving by car at 5.30pm.

Prince William matched the theme of the day as he donned a blue suit, shirt and tie for the event – the colour synonymous with the NHS.

The loved-up couple laughed as they spoke to staff and their families at the hospital which has treated 450 patients with Covid-19 during the global pandemic.

They met nurse Suzie Vaughan and her daughters Hettie and Bella during their visit – but not before they doused their hands in hand sanitiser as they made their way inside. 

Kate Middleton cut a ravishing figure in NHS blue as she and Prince William payed a visit to a hospital just a stones-throw away from their Norfolk home

Kate Middleton cut a ravishing figure in NHS blue as she and Prince William payed a visit to a hospital just a stones-throw away from their Norfolk home

Kate Middleton cut a ravishing figure in NHS blue as she and Prince William payed a visit to a hospital just a stones-throw away from their Norfolk home

The Duchess of Cambridge was a picture of joy as she beamed while talking to staff at the hospital

The Duchess of Cambridge was a picture of joy as she beamed while talking to staff at the hospital

She clutched NHS Knitted Angels

She clutched NHS Knitted Angels

The Duchess of Cambridge was a picture of joy as she beamed while talking to staff at the hospital. She clutched NHS Knitted Angels

Kate waved at hospital staff and their families who joined in for the special tea party to mark the NHS's birthday

Kate waved at hospital staff and their families who joined in for the special tea party to mark the NHS's birthday

Kate waved at hospital staff and their families who joined in for the special tea party to mark the NHS’s birthday

Kate donned a blue shirt dress with a white collar to meet staff at the hospital, which is situated just 20 minutes away from their family home of Anmer Hall on the Royal Sandringham estate

Kate donned a blue shirt dress with a white collar to meet staff at the hospital, which is situated just 20 minutes away from their family home of Anmer Hall on the Royal Sandringham estate

Kate donned a blue shirt dress with a white collar to meet staff at the hospital, which is situated just 20 minutes away from their family home of Anmer Hall on the Royal Sandringham estate

The Duchess of Cambridge held NHS Knitted Angels during the visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn

The Duchess of Cambridge held NHS Knitted Angels during the visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn

The Duchess of Cambridge held NHS Knitted Angels during the visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn

Happy couple: Kate burst into laughter during their visit as she and William clutched their NHS Knitted Angels

Happy couple: Kate burst into laughter during their visit as she and William clutched their NHS Knitted Angels

Happy couple: Kate burst into laughter during their visit as she and William clutched their NHS Knitted Angels

The couple spoke to staff and their families as during today's visit

The couple spoke to staff and their families as during today's visit

Pictures of rainbows and 'thank you' cards can be seen on the walls behind them

Pictures of rainbows and 'thank you' cards can be seen on the walls behind them

The couple spoke to staff and their families as during today’s visit. Pictures of rainbows and ‘thank you’ cards can be seen on the walls behind them

William and Kate spoke to staff and their families during the special event to mark the National Health Service's 72nd birthday

William and Kate spoke to staff and their families during the special event to mark the National Health Service's 72nd birthday

William and Kate spoke to staff and their families during the special event to mark the National Health Service’s 72nd birthday 

The Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she spoke to hospital staff and their families

The Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she spoke to hospital staff and their families

The hospital, which serves more than 330,000 people across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, has treated 450 patients with Covid-19

The hospital, which serves more than 330,000 people across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, has treated 450 patients with Covid-19

Radiant: The Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she spoke to hospital staff and their families. The hospital, which serves more than 330,000 people across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, has treated 450 patients with Covid-19

The royal couple met nurse Suzie Vaughan and daughters Hettie and Bella during their visit to the hospital to mark the NHS's birthday

The royal couple met nurse Suzie Vaughan and daughters Hettie and Bella during their visit to the hospital to mark the NHS's birthday

The royal couple met nurse Suzie Vaughan and daughters Hettie and Bella during their visit to the hospital to mark the NHS’s birthday

Kate grinned as she spoke to a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, who was joined by her children for the celebration

Kate grinned as she spoke to a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, who was joined by her children for the celebration

 Kate grinned as she spoke to a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, who was joined by her children for the celebration 

Kate grinned during her visit to the hospital. She paired her blue, patterned dress with simple earrings and swept-back hair

Kate grinned during her visit to the hospital. She paired her blue, patterned dress with simple earrings and swept-back hair

Kate grinned during her visit to the hospital. She paired her blue, patterned dress with simple earrings and swept-back hair

William and Kate doused their hands with hand sanitiser during their visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Norfolk

William and Kate doused their hands with hand sanitiser during their visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Norfolk

 William and Kate doused their hands with hand sanitiser during their visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Norfolk

The royal couple's official Instagram page shared a post marking the NHS's birthday, along with a serious of pictures of their visit (one seen here showing the couple meeting staff and their families)

The royal couple's official Instagram page shared a post marking the NHS's birthday, along with a serious of pictures of their visit (one seen here showing the couple meeting staff and their families)

The royal couple’s official Instagram page shared a post marking the NHS’s birthday, along with a serious of pictures of their visit (one seen here showing the couple meeting staff and their families)

Her floral Beulah London gown in blue – a preferred colour of the fashion-forward duchess – was the same style as the red number by the same brand she wore for a minute-long mental health message released in May.

The dress was also worn by Denmark’s Princess Mary on a trip to Indonesia last year. Through its trust, ethical brand Beulah London – set up in 2010 – gives employment to vulnerable women.

The royal couple’s official Instagram page shared a post marking the NHS’s birthday, along with a serious of pictures of their visit. 

It read: ‘Today we mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, in a year when it was needed more than ever as the nation responds to COVID-19.

‘Today, The Duke and Duchess visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to thank staff for their efforts in helping their community.

‘Whether you are existing staff, former staff members who came out of retirement, volunteers or key workers – we thank you for the resilience, perseverance and hope you’ve shown our nation.’

The hospital, which serves more than 330,000 people across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, will celebrate its own 40th birthday later this month. 

A total of 46 patients have been recruited to the Covid-19 recovery trial, and more than 500 are involved in other coronavirus research.     

William and Kate have previously supported the NHS’s efforts during the coronavirus crisis by getting their whole family involved in the Clap for Carers.

The movement took off nation-wide during the pandemic as Britons eagerly conveyed their support for key workers from their doorsteps. 

The couple were seen clapping with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Last month, The Duchess visited East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ The Nook for her second socially distanced royal appearance since lockdown restrictions eased in the UK.

The visit saw Kate work alongside a volunteer gardener, staff and two families to help create a new horticultural design for a large patio area.

Her floral Beulah London gown in blue - a preferred colour of the fashion-forward duchess - was the same style as the red number by the brand (pictured) she wore for a minute-long mental health message released in May

Her floral Beulah London gown in blue - a preferred colour of the fashion-forward duchess - was the same style as the red number by the brand (pictured) she wore for a minute-long mental health message released in May

Her floral Beulah London gown in blue – a preferred colour of the fashion-forward duchess – was the same style as the red number by the brand (pictured) she wore for a minute-long mental health message released in May 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, 72 years to the day since the creation of the NHS

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, 72 years to the day since the creation of the NHS

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, 72 years to the day since the creation of the NHS

Kate donned a blue shirt dress with a white collar to meet staff at the hospital

Kate donned a blue shirt dress with a white collar to meet staff at the hospital

The hospital is situated just 20 minutes away from their family home of Anmer Hall

The hospital is situated just 20 minutes away from their family home of Anmer Hall

Kate donned a blue shirt dress with a white collar to meet staff at the hospital, which is situated just 20 minutes away from their family home of Anmer Hall

Prince William perfectly complemented his wife's outfit as he wore a blue suit, shirt and tie for the event

Prince William perfectly complemented his wife's outfit as he wore a blue suit, shirt and tie for the event

Blue is synonymous with the NHS

Blue is synonymous with the NHS

Prince William perfectly complemented his wife’s outfit as he wore a blue suit, shirt and tie for the event – the colour synonymous with the NHS 

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Nurse Suzie Vaughan takes part in the applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday before meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Nurse Suzie Vaughan takes part in the applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday before meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Nurse Suzie Vaughan takes part in the applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday before meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Nurse Suzie Vaughan takes part in the applause. She was one of the hospital staff the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met on their visit

Nurse Suzie Vaughan takes part in the applause. She was one of the hospital staff the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met on their visit

Nurse Suzie Vaughan takes part in the applause. She was one of the hospital staff the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met on their visit

The organisation’s CEO, Tracey Rennie, has revealed how the Duchess was ‘quite keen to come and visit the hospice for some time’ and explained how staff were ‘blown away’ by the plants and flowers she brought.

Earlier in June, the Duke and Duchess each visited local businesses – Kate visiting a local garden centre and William a bakery – to show Britain was open for business. 

But the couple are understood to have relished the upsides of lockdown. No foreign tours, no away days, no business of state has meant the Cambridges have been able to spend a huge amount of time with their young brood.  

William has managed to keep up his work through numerous Zoom calls to charities, volunteers and carers across the UK, and both husband and wife have jollied the nation’s mood through dark and difficult times.

Once the laptop is closed, William has enjoyed helping George with his homework, painting with Louis and chasing Charlotte round the garden – the formative childhood experiences he never had.

Pitching tents, camping outside, growing tomatoes and peas from seeds and watching their sunflowers grow has been the order of the day. 

Lazy afternoons can be spent at sea – in a small boat in the calm waters off the Norfolk coast, or enjoying the seaside at a beach hut on a local stretch of golden sand where they can run with Lupo the dog.

At other times, the Anmer Hall kitchen has been an ‘explosion of flour and chocolate’ while the family bake cakes and biscuits.

One final clap: Boris Johnson meets NHS heroes and public buildings are lit up for last round of applause for health workers on the NHS’ 72nd birthday

By Milly Vincent For Mailonline

Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a nationwide clap for key workers on the NHS’s 72nd anniversary this evening, along with the woman who started the weekly applause during the first 10 weeks of lockdown.

Mr Johnson and Annemarie Plas led the commemoration from the doorstep of Number 10, as thousands of Britons took took part.

Ms Plas said she felt ‘very honoured’ to be joining the Prime Minister for the ‘very special moment’.

Second World War veteran and NHS fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore also joined the applause from his home in a video he shared on Twitter. The 100-year-old, who raised millions for the NHS, said: ‘Happy 72nd birthday NHS. Thank you for all that you do for us.’ 

Paramedic William Young was one of around 25 staff and patients who marked the event outside Bridlington Hospital in Yorkshire.

He said: ‘I’ve worked for Yorkshire Ambulance Service for over 12 years now and I’ve never felt prouder than I have this year. The NHS has really stepped up to the Covid-19 pandemic and some of my colleagues have made some tremendous sacrifices.

‘I think today’s clap has reminded us all that while we are still fighting Covid, we have so much to be grateful for in our NHS.’ 

It comes as Kate Garraway revealed that her husband Derek Draper has woken from his coma.

Good Morning Britain star Kate, 53, has told Hello! Magazine that her beloved spouse, 52, has finally opened his eyes after being in a coma for 13 weeks amid his battle with coronavirus.

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations NHS staff outside Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, join in the pause for applause

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations NHS staff outside Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, join in the pause for applause

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations NHS staff outside Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, join in the pause for applause

Members of staff of the Leeds General Infirmary gesture to their colleagues from the street as they all participate in a national NHS celebration clap

Members of staff of the Leeds General Infirmary gesture to their colleagues from the street as they all participate in a national NHS celebration clap

Members of staff of the Leeds General Infirmary gesture to their colleagues from the street as they all participate in a national NHS celebration clap

Members of the emergency services and staff of the Leeds General Infirmary participate in a national NHS celebration clap outside the hospital in Leeds today, to mark its 72nd anniversary

Members of the emergency services and staff of the Leeds General Infirmary participate in a national NHS celebration clap outside the hospital in Leeds today, to mark its 72nd anniversary

Members of the emergency services and staff of the Leeds General Infirmary participate in a national NHS celebration clap outside the hospital in Leeds today, to mark its 72nd anniversary

It is hoped the applause will become an annual tradition on the NHS' anniversary, July 5, with Britons taking to their doorsteps to pay tribute

It is hoped the applause will become an annual tradition on the NHS' anniversary, July 5, with Britons taking to their doorsteps to pay tribute

It is hoped the applause will become an annual tradition on the NHS’ anniversary, July 5, with Britons taking to their doorsteps to pay tribute

Members of the emergency services and staff of the Leeds General Infirmary participate in this evening's clap to celebrate the NHS

Members of the emergency services and staff of the Leeds General Infirmary participate in this evening's clap to celebrate the NHS

Members of the emergency services and staff of the Leeds General Infirmary participate in this evening’s clap to celebrate the NHS

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Annemarie Plas, founder of Clap For Our Carers, outside 10 Downing Street, London, join in the pause for applause to salute the NHS's 72nd birthday

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Annemarie Plas, founder of Clap For Our Carers, outside 10 Downing Street, London, join in the pause for applause to salute the NHS's 72nd birthday

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Annemarie Plas, founder of Clap For Our Carers, outside 10 Downing Street, London, join in the pause for applause to salute the NHS’s 72nd birthday

Boris Johnson is meeting with NHS workers in the Number 10 garden this afternoon to mark the NHS's 72nd birthday today

Boris Johnson is meeting with NHS workers in the Number 10 garden this afternoon to mark the NHS's 72nd birthday today

Boris Johnson is meeting with NHS workers in the Number 10 garden this afternoon to mark the NHS’s 72nd birthday today

Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, London, joins in the pause for applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday today

Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, London, joins in the pause for applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday today

Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, London, joins in the pause for applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday today

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer take part in the final Clap For Carers outside their home in north London

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer take part in the final Clap For Carers outside their home in north London

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer take part in the final Clap For Carers outside their home in north London

Zara Clarke, five, from Southend during the clap for the NHS to celebrate the National Health Service's 72nd Anniversary at Southend University Hospital Essex

Zara Clarke, five, from Southend during the clap for the NHS to celebrate the National Health Service's 72nd Anniversary at Southend University Hospital Essex

Zara Clarke, five, from Southend during the clap for the NHS to celebrate the National Health Service’s 72nd Anniversary at Southend University Hospital Essex

Members of the public applaud outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for the 72nd anniversary of the creation of the health service

Members of the public applaud outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for the 72nd anniversary of the creation of the health service

Members of the public applaud outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for the 72nd anniversary of the creation of the health service

People across the UK were encouraged to clap for the NHS on Sunday afternoon to mark its 72nd anniversary and to thank staff for their work in tackling the coronavirus pandemic

People across the UK were encouraged to clap for the NHS on Sunday afternoon to mark its 72nd anniversary and to thank staff for their work in tackling the coronavirus pandemic

People across the UK were encouraged to clap for the NHS on Sunday afternoon to mark its 72nd anniversary and to thank staff for their work in tackling the coronavirus pandemic

Members of the public gather together to celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the founding of the NHS in Tredegar, Wales

Members of the public gather together to celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the founding of the NHS in Tredegar, Wales

Members of the public gather together to celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the founding of the NHS in Tredegar, Wales

Members of the public gathered outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital this evening for a final clap for carers event

Members of the public gathered outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital this evening for a final clap for carers event

Members of the public gathered outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital this evening for a final clap for carers event

Health workers applaud outside St Thomas' Hospital on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the NHS this evening

Health workers applaud outside St Thomas' Hospital on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the NHS this evening

Health workers applaud outside St Thomas’ Hospital on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the NHS this evening

This year's celebration is particularly poignant given the challenging conditions NHS staff have had to work under over the past four months amid the coronavirus outbrea

This year's celebration is particularly poignant given the challenging conditions NHS staff have had to work under over the past four months amid the coronavirus outbrea

This year’s celebration is particularly poignant given the challenging conditions NHS staff have had to work under over the past four months amid the coronavirus outbrea

Boris Johnson urged Britons to take to their doorsteps this evening to celebrate the NHS and pay tribute to its staff

Boris Johnson urged Britons to take to their doorsteps this evening to celebrate the NHS and pay tribute to its staff

Boris Johnson urged Britons to take to their doorsteps this evening to celebrate the NHS and pay tribute to its staff

NHS staff outside the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, join in the pause for applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday

NHS staff outside the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, join in the pause for applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday

NHS staff outside the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, join in the pause for applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday

Members of staff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital participate in a national NHS celebration clap outside the hospital in London

Members of staff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital participate in a national NHS celebration clap outside the hospital in London

Members of staff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital participate in a national NHS celebration clap outside the hospital in London

Clap of Claps for the NHS to celebrate their 72nd anniversary at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital this evening

Clap of Claps for the NHS to celebrate their 72nd anniversary at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital this evening

Clap of Claps for the NHS to celebrate their 72nd anniversary at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital this evening

The GMB star was regularly seen joining in with the clap during her husband’s virus battle.

Tonight, Britons took to their doorsteps to clap again and pay tribute to NHS workers amid the pandemic. 

The Prince of Wales paid tribute ahead of the event, which it is hoped will become an annual tradition.

The prince said: ‘The current pandemic means that the NHS – and the entire country – has been through the most testing time in the service’s history.

‘Our remarkably selfless nurses, doctors, paramedics and countless other staff have made costly sacrifices to provide treatment for more than a hundred thousand patients with coronavirus and thousands more who needed other care.

‘And, in tribute to them, we have come together as a nation to thank them for their skill, professionalism and dedication.’

Meanwhile, Sir Keir said the health service had a personal resonance for him as his late mother was a nurse and later relied on the NHS as she became ill.

He said: ‘Many, many times she got gravely ill and it was the NHS that she turned to, and I remember as a boy, a teenager, being in high dependency units, in intensive care units, with my mum, watching nurses and other support staff keep my mum alive.

‘They did that on more than one occasion – it’s etched in my memory. For them, it was just the day job. They were doing that every day.

‘So, it’s very personal for me and I’m very grateful to the NHS and my mum was very grateful, she loved the NHS through the many decades that she absolutely depended on them.’

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also clapped on her doorstep, saying in a tweet: ‘Happy 72nd Birthday, NHS. Thank you for everything.’ 

The Prime Minister also met NHS workers in the Number 10 garden on Sunday afternoon, while public buildings including the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower and the Shard have been lit up blue in tribute to the health service. 

Public buildings including the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower and the Shard have been lit up blue in tribute to the health service

Public buildings including the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower and the Shard have been lit up blue in tribute to the health service

Public buildings including the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower and the Shard have been lit up blue in tribute to the health service

Staff at University Hospital of North Tees Hospital in Teesside join in the clap this afternoon to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS

Staff at University Hospital of North Tees Hospital in Teesside join in the clap this afternoon to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS

Staff at University Hospital of North Tees Hospital in Teesside join in the clap this afternoon to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS

Both Sir Kier Starmer and Prince Charles paid tribute to the NHS in separate messages on Sunday, ahead of the evening's clap

Both Sir Kier Starmer and Prince Charles paid tribute to the NHS in separate messages on Sunday, ahead of the evening's clap

Both Sir Kier Starmer and Prince Charles paid tribute to the NHS in separate messages on Sunday, ahead of the evening’s clap

Members of staff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital participate in a national NHS appreciation clap this evening

Members of staff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital participate in a national NHS appreciation clap this evening

Members of staff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital participate in a national NHS appreciation clap this evening

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, Mr Johnson urged the public to clap for 'those who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help the nation get through this pandemic'

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, Mr Johnson urged the public to clap for 'those who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help the nation get through this pandemic'

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, Mr Johnson urged the public to clap for ‘those who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help the nation get through this pandemic’

The clap, which took place at 5pm this evening, was a continuation from the success of the weekly Clap for Carers as a way to thank NHS staff

The clap, which took place at 5pm this evening, was a continuation from the success of the weekly Clap for Carers as a way to thank NHS staff

The clap, which took place at 5pm this evening, was a continuation from the success of the weekly Clap for Carers as a way to thank NHS staff

People arriving at 10 Downing Street, London, this afternoon to attend a reception as part of the NHS birthday celebration

People arriving at 10 Downing Street, London, this afternoon to attend a reception as part of the NHS birthday celebration

People arriving at 10 Downing Street, London, this afternoon to attend a reception as part of the NHS birthday celebration

A candle is lit and placed on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street in central London on July 4, 2020 in honour of the tens of thousands of people who have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK as the building itself is lit up blue as a tribute to NHS workers and to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS

A candle is lit and placed on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street in central London on July 4, 2020 in honour of the tens of thousands of people who have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK as the building itself is lit up blue as a tribute to NHS workers and to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS

A candle is lit and placed on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street in central London on July 4, 2020 in honour of the tens of thousands of people who have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK as the building itself is lit up blue as a tribute to NHS workers and to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among those due to take part in country-wide event, with a candle lit at his official residence at 9pm on Saturday, ahead of the National Health Service's 72nd anniversary. Pictures showed a Downing Street worker bringing an pre-lit candle outside

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among those due to take part in country-wide event, with a candle lit at his official residence at 9pm on Saturday, ahead of the National Health Service's 72nd anniversary. Pictures showed a Downing Street worker bringing an pre-lit candle outside

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among those due to take part in country-wide event, with a candle lit at his official residence at 9pm on Saturday, ahead of the National Health Service’s 72nd anniversary. Pictures showed a Downing Street worker bringing an pre-lit candle outside

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations The London Eye is illuminated blue on Saturday evening, July 4

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations The London Eye is illuminated blue on Saturday evening, July 4

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations The London Eye is illuminated blue on Saturday evening, July 4

On Saturday, people observed a minute’s silent and lit candles in remembrance of those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic.

The nationwide clap has been organised following a letter from the Together coalition, in which influential figures including NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby voiced their support for making July 5 an official day of commemoration.

Sir Simon said he hoped the public will use the anniversary as an opportunity to ‘say a heartfelt thank you’ to hospital staff.  

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