Prince William and Kate Middleton call hospital on Canada Day

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have marked Canada Day with a video call to healthcare workers.

The couple spoke to staff at Fraser Health’s Surrey Memorial Hospital, British Columbia, to hear about their experiences working to combat the Covid-19 outbreak.

Speaking from their home at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, Prince William, 38, shared his hopes of visiting the hospital in person while Kate, 38, said she has ‘huge admiration’ for ‘everything they are doing’ and asked about their mental health. 

The video call took place on June 23 but was released today to coincide with Canada’s national day, which is celebrated each year on July 1. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken part in a video call to mark Canada Day

The couple spoke to staff at Fraser Health's Surrey Memorial Hospital, British Columbia, pictured, to hear about their experiences working to combat the Covid-19 outbreak

The couple spoke to staff at Fraser Health’s Surrey Memorial Hospital, British Columbia, pictured, to hear about their experiences working to combat the Covid-19 outbreak

Speaking on the call, William said: ‘I just wanted to just touch base and say how proud we are of all of you and everyone on the front line who have led the way, very stoically, very bravely and put patient care right at the top of the list, and done a fantastic job.

‘So, well done to all of you, and I hope Catherine and I can come and visit you guys one day and say that to you in person.’

Kate added: ‘It’s an amazing role that you’re playing and a hugely tough one as well, so we’re in huge admiration for everything you’re doing.’

The duchess described it as ‘heartbreaking’ when she heard that a patient’s wife had sung to him from a phone held in a bag as staff did their utmost to keep loved ones connected during the crisis.

Kate said: ‘That’s heartbreaking to hear. You guys see that and feel that on a daily basis. How do you manage yourself? Are you all OK?’  

The video call took place on June 23 but was released today to coincide with Canada's national day, which is celebrated each year on July 1. Pictured, the couple on the call

The video call took place on June 23 but was released today to coincide with Canada’s national day, which is celebrated each year on July 1. Pictured, the couple on the call


William and Kate experienced what many have encountered when using video calls during lockdown when they realised the hospital workers could not see their faces on screen at the start of the call.

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