Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all joined the nation in applauding NHS workers tonight.
At 8pm, millions across the country took part in Clap for our Carers, a movement which was a chance to say thank you to all NHS workers as Britain continues its fight against coronavirus.
Kensington Palace posted a video on Instagram of the three royal children all applauding at once for several seconds.
Clap for our Carers saw many of us on our doorstep, balcony or window from home and took a minute to applaud all of our tremendous NHS workers, from the catering staff to GPs.
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And it wasn’t just the NHS staff we thanked. Posties, milkmen and women, delivery drivers, supermarket staff and zero-hour carers, you have all played your part in keeping Britain united during the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of you shared videos of yourselves applauding, whilst some painted their bodies blue, wore blue accessories and turned their social media backgrounds blue.
Kensington Royal tweeted: “To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.
“As well as the applause,sporting and entertainment venues and landmarks illuminated to a beacon of blue to say thank you.
Iconic buildings including the Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Cathedral took part, as well as the Belfast Titanic Signature Building, The National Theatre and Metro Radio in Newcastle.
All #lightitblue venues used LED technology to create the spontaneous flash of blue on facades and screens to ensure the campaign adheres to the critical message from the British Government for people to stay at home.
Gary White, who co-started the #lightitblue campaign, said: “The events and entertainment industry finds itself in an unprecedented state of enforced inaction.
“The best thing we can do – apart from staying at home – is to use our skills and networks to say thank you to everyone who is supporting the NHS and risking their own health to help others during this pandemic.
“We also feel a huge sense of responsibility for the mental wellbeing of many people within our industry who, having lost their jobs, are feeling anxious and confused about the future.
“We believe the #lightitblue campaign, inspired by the existing #clapforourcarers initiative, will galvanise their enthusiasm and pride in a mass gesture of solidarity.”
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said: “The NHS expresses everything that is best in what has made this country what it is.
“It expresses our Christian values and hopes. It expresses the values of people of faith and no faith. It is a place of hope and giving. Thank you, NHS. Let us applaud the NHS.”
And Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I want to thank every single person that works in the NHS in London and around our country. You truly are the best.
“Your hard work, dedication and courage is saving lives every single day and we need you now more than ever before.
“I urge everyone to join together and applaud for our NHS. Thank you.”
It followed similar heartbreaking movements in Italy, the Netherland and France.