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The Queen gave the NHS staff who treated the Duke of Edinburgh at St Bartholomew’s Hospital a touching gift to show her appreciation.

Prince Philip was admitted to hospital (opens in new tab) on the 16th of February after feeling unwell, it was initially a precautionary measure but the Prince ended up staying for several weeks and undergoing heart surgery (opens in new tab)

Prince Philip left hospital (opens in new tab) two weeks after his surgery and released a statement to thank all of the health staff who cared for him.

"His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes."

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The Queen has shown her gratitude for the care he received by giving the staff of St Bartholomew Hospital a huge bouquet of flowers. They are being displayed in the hospital atrium for staff and patients to see.

Along with the flowers the Queen sent a note that said, ‘As we look forward to a brighter future together, today we pause to reflect on the grief and loss that continues to be felt by so many people and families, and pay tribute to the immeasurable service of those who have supported us all over the past year.’

The Chief Executive and consultant cardiologist, Professor Charles Knight gave a statement on the national day of reflection. He said, "We are hugely honoured and humbled by the gift."

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Charles thanked his staff and said, "I'm delighted to accept the bouquet on behalf of the hospital and everyone being remembered on this national day of reflection."

He said the day was a perfect time, "to come together and remember all those that we have lost through the pandemic and all those still bearing the burden of grief".

Professor Charles continued, "Reflecting on the past year inevitably brings a lot of sadness but it also is an immense source of pride when I recall the heroic efforts of the staff at St Bartholomew's to cope with the unprecedented challenge of the pandemic. The gift is for each and every one of them."

He also wished Prince Philip a "full and complete and speedy recovery".

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Trainee News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has worked with the team for seven months. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment for and My Imperfect Life and is training for an NCTJ Qualification.