Prince William and Duchess Kate showed solid hygiene practice while thanking Britain's health care workers for their support in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday.
The royals, both 38, visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk, about 98 miles north of London, to mark the 72nd birthday of Britain's National Health Service.
The duo shared afternoon tea during the outdoor visit aimed at thanking the hospital staff that has provided care to 450 coronavirus patients – and they took a break to apply more hand sanitizer for increased safety.
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And why no mask? The British government dictates that people travelling by bus, train, ferry or plane in England should wear a face covering to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.
Will and Kate spoke to a group of staffers and volunteers that included retired NHS workers who returned to help during the COVID-19 health crisis. The NHS, which provides free health care, was created on July 5, 1948.
On Saturday, Prince William marked another milestone in the country's fight against the virus, visiting a village pub preparing to reopen as the national lockdown eases across England.
Today we mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, in a year when it was needed more than ever as the nation responds to COVID-19.— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 5, 2020
Today, The Duke and Duchess visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to thank staff for their efforts in helping their community. pic.twitter.com/4WCkugETFT
William was shown following social distancing measures at the Rose and Crown pub in Snettisham, Norfolk, declaring he was "a cider man" and ordering chips (aka fries) at the bar, according to the BBC. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had ordered the U.K.'s 60,000 pubs to close 15 weeks ago to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The pubs are open, but social distancing is mandatory and only table service is allowed.
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