With the British battered by a spate of coronavirus infections, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will go on a three-day nationwide tour on December 6 to meet frontline workers. According to a statement from Kensington Palace, the Royal Train Tour would see Prince William and Kate Middleton travel 1,250 miles across the territory of England, Scotland and Wales. The Royal Tour comes as the number of coronavirus cases in the UK has soared to 17,10,379 with fatalities to 61,111, John Hopkins University’s latest count revealed.
“The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to highlighting the incredible work that has been done across the country this difficult year,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
During their tour, the royal couple will meet primary health care workers, nursing home staff and teachers who express gratitude on behalf of the nation for their unparalleled services during the crisis. “(They also look forward to) sharing their gratitude on behalf of the nation to all those who support their local communities ahead of the Christmas holidays,” the statement said. The release also claimed that many of the commitments will celebrate community spirit and demonstrate the impact of public generosity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Queen to be vaccinated
The visit comes when Prince William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine “ within weeks. ” The Monarch, 94, and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip will receive the vaccination dose early because of their age, but will not receive any preferential treatment. Instead, the senior royals will wait in line during the first wave of injections reserved for over-80s and nursing home residents.
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British public health experts said if the royal couple were public about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, it could help fight misinformation about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. According to local media reports, discussions are currently underway about the possible roles Prince Charles and Prince William could play in publishing the vaccination program.
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