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Prince William Steps Out For First Public Engagement Amid Coronavirus Thanking First Responders

Prince William Steps Out For First Royal Public Outing Amid Coronavirus To Thank First Responders
June 17, 2020 - 01:51 / Hayley Paskevich

After not making any in-person public appearances for months due to the coronavirus, Prince William was seen thanking NHS workers! Here's more about his latest royal outing!

Prince William has ventured out to make his first royal appearance since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United Kingdom! As People reports, William was spotted visiting first responders at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, which isn't far from the Sandringham estate and his home at Anmer Hall.

He met with them at the base to thank them "for their work and dedication responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, and to hear more about their experiences over the past few months," according to William's office at Kensington Palace.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives at the Ambulance Station on June 16, 2020.

William talks to first responders about their support and services

William learned during his visit that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust has remained active in providing services throughout the pandemic. As People mentions, he was told that they have covered a region where 6.2 million people live during this time!

First responders also talked to William about the public support they have received during this time— namely, from the public, local businesses, and volunteering networks.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets paramedic staff from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust during a visit to the Ambulance Station on June 16, 2020.

William shows support for frontline workers' mental health in crisis

William is known to be a passionate advocate for mental health, and has placed much of his focus during the coronavirus on supporting those on the frontlines. Alongside Duchess Kate, he recently launched a mental health service for key workers called 'Our Frontline'. 

As People mentions, William, Kate, and their three children— Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis— have been spending lockdown in Norfolk. And while the U.K. has been under lockdown since mid-March, with some restrictions being lifted, the royal family is slowly getting more comfortable venturing out into public again! 

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