The Queen sends another touching message to health workers to mark World Health Day

The Queen has sent another touching message to health workers following her address to the nation on Sunday night.

The 93 year old has reached out on World Health Day to once again thank those working on the frontline amid the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the country and globe.

She has issued a statement from Windsor Castle, where she is currently staying for Easter, which reads: "On the occasion of World Health Day, I want to thank all those working in the healthcare profession for your selfless commitment and diligence as you undertake vitally important roles to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of people across the Commonwealth, and around the world.

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"In testing times, we often observe that the best of the human spirit comes to the fore; the dedication to service of countless nurses, midwives and other health workers, in these most challenging of circumstances, is an example to us all.

"My family and I send out enduring appreciation and good wishes," she continued, before signing off: "Elizabeth R."

Windsor Castle was where Her Majesty addressed the nation on Sunday evening in a historic broadcast, with people all over the world tuning in to watch her speech.

She said: "I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country; a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all."

The Queen then continued to thank those working on the front line, from NHS staff to those who "selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside their home in support of us all".

She added: "I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.

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"I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones.

"Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it."

Queen Elizabeth then looked forward to a time when the pandemic would be a distant memory.

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"I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge," she said. "And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.

"That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future."

She ended her speech with a motivating message as she said: "We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again."

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