The Queen has awarded the George Cross to Britain’s National Health Service in recognition of its service, especially over the course of the coronavirus crisis in the last two years.
For those who are unaware, the George Cross is the UK’s most prestigious award for gallantry and heroism. Back in 1942, it was awarded to Malta by King George VI, as well as the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in 199.
In a handwritten personal message, the Queen expressed: ‘It is with great pleasure, on behalf of a grateful nation, that I award the George Cross to the National Health Services of the United Kingdom. This award recognises all NHS staff, past and present, across all disciplines and all four nations.’
‘Over more than seven decades, and especially in recent times, you have supported the people of our country with courage, compassion, and dedication, demonstrating the highest standards of public service. You have our enduring thanks and heartfelt appreciation. Elizabeth R.’, she added.
This news comes as a part of the NHS’s 73rd anniversary, which was marked on Monday.