Prince Charles honors Filipino health workers in UK

Published June 12, 2021, 7:22 AM

by Jaleen Ramos

Prince Charles of Wales extended his heartfelt gratitude to Filipino healthcare workers in the United Kingdom as the Philippines and Britain marked 75 years of diplomatic ties.

Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales talks with people as he visits the high street in Clapham Old Town, south London on May 27, 2021. (HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“The bonds of friendship between us are stronger than ever. 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,” Prince Charles said in a video message posted by British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce on Twitter Friday.

“We are more fortunate than we perhaps realize to have many thousands of nurses and other healthcare workers from the Philippines working in the United Kingdom, particularly in the National Health Service,” he added.

Prince Charles also acknowledged the Filipino health workers for making “a truly remarkable contribution” in their country even through the challenges of the pandemic.

“To these wonderful, selfless people, I wanted to offer my most heartfelt gratitude for the outstanding care and comfort that 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,” said the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and heir to the British throne.

“My fondest thoughts are with the Philippines and all those who wish to join me in celebrating our profoundly important relationship,” he added.

Formal diplomatic ties between the Philippines and the United Kingdom were established on July 4, 1946.

Since then, the two governments have “worked tirelessly to foster stronger political, economic, cultural, and people-to-people ties.”