The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge teamed up with the National Health Service for a special delivery to Scottish frontline workers in honour of Burns Night.
On January 25th 2021, the couple shared a video on their social media accounts announcing that they had partnered up with NHS Charities Together to provide a Burns celebration lunch to the frontline workers at NHS Tayside, a Scottish hospital service located with the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
William said, in the short video clip, “Hello to everyone at NHS Tayside. We know Burns Night is a special evening for Scots around the world – a time to come together to eat, drink and to celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns.”
Burns Night is a traditional celebration in Scotland to mark the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns, author of several classic poems, including ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and ‘A Red, Red Rose.’
Kate added: “Sadly this year is a little different. And for many of you working on the frontline, tonight will be a very different occasion, as you work tirelessly through this pandemic to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”
“We want to say a huge thank you for all of the work you are doing and the sacrifices you are making. As a token of our appreciation, we’ve teamed up with NHS Charities Together to provide you with a Haggis dinner,” Prince William said.
The Duchess said of the lunch, which consisted of haggis, neeps and tatties, “We hope you enjoy it, and look forward to better times together soon.”
As the video ended, the royal couple gave a traditional Scottish toast, “Slàinte Mhath!” which is a cheer to good health.
William and Kate became patrons of NHS Charities Together last month, during their Royal Train Tour across the United Kingdom.
NHS Tayside shared a video of their staff sitting down to enjoy the lunch with the caption, “Caring for patients in ICU and HDU involves a whole team approach and today medical and nursing staff, as well as a radiographer, a physiotherapist, a domestic assistant and a renal technologist were treated to a traditional Burns celebration lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties, courtesy of Tayside Health Fund and NHS Charities Together, of which The Duke and Duchess are Patron.
“Two hundred food boxes from local family business House of Bruar will also be shared with hospital staff.”
The Chief Executive of NHS Tayside, Grant Archibald, said in a statement, “Our staff have now been at the frontline in our response to COVID-19 for more than 300 days and their dedication has been truly awe-inspiring. It means so much to all of our teams across Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross to receive this special message of appreciation today which underlines the ongoing, extraordinary efforts of Team Tayside.”