Charles And Camilla Pay Tribute To Military's Efforts During COVID-19

Prince Charles said: "Your example continues to inspire and guide us all."

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have paid tribute to military personnel for their role in the fight against COVID-19.

Prince Charles praised the Armed Forces for standing "side-by-side" with frontline NHS staff and key workers during the pandemic.

He spoke during the Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall which commemorates the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in conflict. 

The prince said: "Through all this, just as in wartime, the very best of our country has been on conspicuous display.

"We have reaffirmed our faith in each other and in our communities, and seen afresh that service to others underpins our society. We have been reminded that heroes and heroines are all around us and take many forms.

"In this challenging year, we have perhaps come to realise that the freedoms for which they fought are more precious than we knew, and that the debt we owe them is even greater than we imagined," he added.

He also spoke about how the "wartime generation continues to teach us", mentioning the efforts of NHS fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore, Private Joseph Hammond, and Margaret Payne as examples of "selfless commitment".

Speaking about the military's work during the pandemic, Prince Charles said: "Our Armed Forces have stood side by side with our medical professionals, key workers and emergency services in the fight against coronavirus, whilst maintaining the defence of our nation at home and abroad."

He added: "To our Armed Forces today, and those who came before them; to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and never returned; and to our veterans on whose service our treasured liberty rests – we renew our heartfelt and eternal gratitude.

"Your example continues to inspire and guide us all."

Camilla, who is Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Medical Service, also praised the work of military nurses during the pandemic.

She said: "Military nurses have worked alongside their NHS colleagues across the United Kingdom, using the skills learnt in conflict in battle against COVID.

"You have been at the very epicentre of the nation’s response to the pandemic, providing a critical line of defence with compassion and dignity, and bringing hope and healing to so many.

"And you have done this all the while being held at readiness for military deployment.

"For your service, we are deeply in your debt," she added.

The Festival of Remembrance was broadcast on BBC One on Saturday.

It was pre-recorded in October and filmed without an audience due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Cover image: Prince Charles during the National Service of Remembrance in 2018 (Picture: MOD).