Queen Elizabeth II does not often go public in videos, but it looks like recently, she has been getting into it! She has recently taken part in a public video call with her daughter Princess Anne. In the video call, they salute unpaid caregivers who do the most for their communities and families. The video was released by Buckingham Palace, where the two talked about their own personal experiences.
“Interesting listening to all your tales and stories. I’m very impressed by what you have achieved already,” says Elizabeth. “I am very glad to have been able to join you today.” They both were taking part in Carers Week, which highlights the work of seven million people across the UK.
Queen Elizabeth II gives a salute to caregivers and the hard work they do
The half-hour video call included not only the Queen and Anne, but also Alex, Amna, Mary, and Nadia, who are all the primary caregivers for family members. Also present was the chief executive of the Carers Trust, Gareth Howells.
“Her Majesty was very keen to understand the stories of each of the carers. She shared a lot and asked questions about the support they are currently getting as unpaid carers. She was keen to understand how the coronavirus has impacted them as such,” Howells says to PEOPLE. “It was a real privilege. The Princess Royal has long been a supporter of the Carers Trust and is always passionate and knowledgeable about unpaid carers. But to be able to have the greater profile of Her Majesty joining the call as well, to raise the awareness of unpaid carers during Carers Week, was really crucial.”
Carers amazed by the Royal Family engagement
Howells continues, “The carers were nervous enough to have the Princess Royal but to be told a few days before that Her Majesty would be joining us was really nerve-wracking but they loved the unique opportunity to raise the profile of carers across the U.K. as well.”
“It was a really useful discussion. All of them were surprised by the engagement. They weren’t just there to get a photo opportunity. It was good to see the Royal Family take an interest in such an important piece of work.” What a beautiful salute to caregivers, not only just in the UK, but across the globe! Check out footage of the call below.
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The Queen and The Princess Royal spoke to a group of carers who are supported by The @Carers.Trust to find out more about the challenges they face. The Princess Royal has been President of The Carers Trust since it was launched in 2011. The Trust provides support to carers across the UK through their network of partners, as well as giving carers a voice and highlighting their work to the general public. To find out more about Carers Week, follow our link in bio.