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Olivia Williams

Prince William and Princess Kate thank NHS staff for their 'amazing' work

Prince William thanked NHS staff for their hard work at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

The Royal Highnesses were on a special engagement to meet staff and officially open the new hospital today, Thursday, January 12. The Prince and Princess of Wales were greeted with huge crowds who lined the entrance and atrium area of the hospital.

William and Kate visited the critical care ward, where they spoke to staff who have been working hard at the hospital during the busy winter period. The couple stopped to speak to sisters, nurses and doctors on the ward about the work they do, how the new layout has helped with logistics and patient care and how they have coped following the aftermath of covid.

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Prince William and Princess Kate also met health care assistants, porters, security and catering staff and asked about their roles within the hospital. Speaking to staff, William said: “The hospital can’t function without all the care you provide.” He added they do an “amazing” job.

Deputy ward manager Frieda Sebastian and Linda Musiniwa, a band five staff nurse, spoke the ECHO after their chat with William and Kate. They said it was "exciting" having the Prince and Princess visiting the Royal hospital.

Linda said: "Having them thank us for working through covid and asking us where we have been before coming to the UK, it was nice."

Catherine, Princess of Wales meets a member of the public as she attends the opening of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Liverpool this afternoon (Iain Watts/Liverpool ECHO)

Frieda said: "You feel really privileged to represent ethnic minorities and it is a real honour and we still feel like we're in a dream."

Sylvia, 81, was attending an appointment at the hospital and was thrilled when she managed to speak to Prince William. The 81-year-old said to William: “Keep going Will, Scousers love you.” To which he replied: “I will do.” She said she couldn’t believe she managed to speak to him.

Rosie the therapy dog also stole the show as she met Prince William and Princess Kate. The Royals were introduced to volunteer Jim Moubray and therapy dog Rosie.

Catherine, Princess of Wales meets Rosie the therapy dog as she attends the opening of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Liverpool (Iain Watts/Liverpool ECHO)

The heartwarming moment was captured on camera as staff gathered round to meet the Prince and Princess. Prince William was seen giving the golden retriever a treat before Kate crouched down to stroke her.

But the Royal visit soon proved too much for dog Rosie, who was pictured having a lie down and falling fast asleep. After visiting the hospital, the Royals travelled to the Open Door Charity, a Wirral organisation that supports young adults across Merseyside with their mental health.

Open Door provides members with free, immediate access to a range of creative therapy options. Their Royal Highnesses visited the charity's flagship Bloom Building to meet volunteers, mentors and staff.

They sat down for a round table discussion about mental health together, where Princess Kate said it is "such an exciting idea to have a one-stop place for this kind of support".

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