Prince Charles is showing his appreciation for the health care workers who cared for his late father, Prince Philip, when he was hospitalized earlier this year.
Yesterday, the Prince of Wales visited London’s St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, where the Duke of Edinburgh underwent heart surgery in March. Philip recovered from the procedure and returned to Windsor Castle on March 16, but died less than a month later, on April 9. Philip was 99 years old when he “passed away peacefully” at his and Queen Elizabeth II’s home, Buckingham Palace announced shortly after his death.
During Charles’s visit to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital this week, the royal took time to personally thank staff members who cared for Philip during his stay in March.
“It meant an enormous amount to us that he came to visit and also that he met those involved in his father’s care. We were just so honored to have treated his father and it was wonderful to see the Prince of Wales today,” Professor Charles Knight, chief executive of St. Bartholomew’s, said, according to People. “It was particularly special that he got the opportunity to speak to some of our staff here ahead of International Nurses’ Day tomorrow.”
During the visit, Charles also met with other members of the hospital’s staff, as well as current patients who excitedly stepped out to catch a glimpse of the royal.
“I couldn’t not stop to thank you,” he said. “Well done, all of you. You’re amazing.”
Charles also made it a point to speak with nurses who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic at St. Bartholomew’s and to discuss how they felt about their work.
“I love it,” Daisy Eden, a 23-year-old staff nurse, explained when the royal asked if she enjoyed her job. “You have the chance to be a light in a dark place for people. It’s a privilege.”
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