To mark 75 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United Kingdom, Prince Charles expressed his “heartfelt gratitude” to Filipino medical frontliners whose service to the UK during the pandemic has been “wonderfully selfless.”
“I’m delighted to send my warmest wishes to everyone in the Philippines in this special year when we celebrate the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries,” Prince Charles said in a video message posted on social media by the British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce on Friday.
“At a time when we have faced the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus, those links have provided the foundation for us to work together towards a better future,” he continued. “We are more fortunate than we perhaps realize to have thousands of nurses and healthcare workers from the Philippines working in the United Kingdom, particularly in the National Health Service.”
“To these wonderfully selfless people, I wanted to offer my most heartfelt gratitude for the outstanding care and comfort you give to your patients. You have made a truly remarkable contribution to the health and well-being of so many people across the country at such a difficult time.”
Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son and heir to the British throne then ended his message by expressing his “fondest thoughts” to everyone celebrating the two countries’ “profoundly important relationship.”
It was back in July 1946 when formal diplomatic ties were forged between the Philippines and the UK. Today, over 200,000 Filipinos are living in the UK, with over 40,000 of which working in the UK’s National Health Service or NHS.
Months into the pandemic, the UK also bestowed a British Empire Medal to a Filipino medical frontliner for her “tireless work to support her colleagues and community” as part of The Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honors List.