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The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh releases rare statement praising Britain’s bin men and postal workers

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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The Duke of Edinburgh has released a rare statement praising Britain’s key workers who are keeping the country running in the midst of the ongoing public health emergency.

In his message, 98-year-old Prince Philip thanked staff and volunteers, from those working in the medical profession to those collecting rubbish from the streets.

In full, the Duke said: “As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic; by those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.

“On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues; the staff and volunteers working in food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.”

The Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 99-years-old in June, remains at Windsor Castle with The Queen where they are isolating together.

Prince Philip is affiliated to over 750 organisations, including the scientific, technological research, healthcare and infrastructure sectors, which have responded to the outbreak.