When Sue Jones, a nurse from Swansea, went to Windsor Castle to receive an MBE she had been awarded, little did she know that she would in turn be rewarding The Duke of Cambridge with some parenting advice.
Mrs Jones is a lead nurse for ABMU Health Board and her MBE was in recognition of her services to children and young people and speaking of her award, Mrs Jones commented, “I went to Windsor Castle to receive it from Prince William. I was delighted. He was so lovely.”
Prince William may have been lovely to Mrs Jones though he did have a question of his own for the Port-Talbot born nurse. He asked Sue about getting Prince George “to do what he should do”. Mrs Jones had one very simple answer for the Prince and it was this, “I told him to treasure every moment because he wont be a baby very long.” Simple words yet probably the best advice in the world.
When she met Prince William,it wasn’t the first meeting with Royalty that Sue Jones had encountered in her nursing career. Some 40 years previous, Mrs Jones had met Prince Charles after he presented her with a certificate confirming her as a state registered nurse. Sue Jones began her career as a student nurse at Neath General Hospital and later went on to work on a children’s ward before she eventually qualified as a midwife.
Mrs Jones was over the moon that Prince William was the Royal presenting her with her award, she added, “It was a real honour for me. I’m still shell-shocked. I was thrilled to have been nominated but to get it was absolutely fantastic. Meeting Prince William was the icing on the cake. If I could have chosen which Royal to receive it from, I would have chosen him.”
Along with ABMU’s Head of Paediatric Physiotherapy Julie Harvey, Sue Jones was awarded the MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List in June.
One can assume that Prince William will take Sue’s advice on board and who could blame him? She is right, babies really don’t stay babies for that long!
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